Chapter 18 – The Ketu

     Ketu  is one of the malefic planets. Like Rahu, he does not own any zodiac sign. So, Ketu behaves like the sign lord it occupies.
 
     Ketu  takes approximately 1.5 years to pass one zodiac sign. To complete one whole orbit of the zodiac sign it takes 18 years. It’s a shadow planet. So, he is called Chaya planet in vedic astrology.
 
     Ketu rules/signifies Wisdom, detachment from worldly things, saint, spirituality, inner thoughts  etc. In Uttarakalamritam, Mahakavi Kalidasa mentions below also comes under Ketu.
  1. Worship of God
  2. doctor 
  3. dog 
  4. a cock
  5. vulture 
  6. salvation 
  7. all kinds of wealth
  8. consumption 
  9. pain
  10. fever 
  11. bath in the Ganges 
  12. great penance 
  13. wind 
  14. outcast 
  15. friendship
  16. conferring of prosperity
  17. stone 
  18. wound 
  19. the science of witchcraft
  20. in¬constancy 
  21. knowledge of Brahman
  22. wisdom
  23. belly
  24. eye-pain
  25. stupidity 
  26. thorn 
  27. deer
  28. knowledge 
  29. the penance of silence
  30. philosophy 
  31. all kinds of luxury
  32. luck
  33. causing trouble to enemies
  34. sparing in eating
  35. indifference to the world 
  36. paternal grandfather
  37. hunger 
  38. intense stomach pain
  39. a boil 
  40. freedom from disease 
  41. horned creatures 
  42. the fig tree (beetle?)
  43. Revoking the order of arrest and 
  44. friendship with Sudra
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