As mentioned in my recent article on Rahu and Ketu, the nodes of the moon show the evolution of our consciousness. Today’s article gives the meaning of Rahu in the first House and Ketu in the seventh. Understanding the nodes in your chart helps you advance your soul’s path in this lifetime. A simple way of putting it is Ketu is where you want to focus, but Rahu is what you must accomplish.
Rahu and Ketu in the 1st and 7th House Axis: Lessons around Self and Partnerships
Rahu in the first and Ketu in the 7th is all about developing individuality while balancing the needs of others. Ketu shows our past life skills and sense of security, whereas Rahu shows our lack of experience. This axis is all about self-development by detaching from social development.
The psychological effects are the same as Rahu in Aries and Ketu in Libra. Aries is all about acting out of self-interest. Unlike Libra who desires to trade and exchange with others, Aries prefers to be as self-sufficient as possible. There needs to be a balance between your needs and the needs of other people.
Meaning of Rahu in the 1st house
Since the nodes show events outside our control, Rahu on the lagna (ascendant) means life is marked by many fated events. With this position, life is dedicated to developing personality, self-expression, and even self-mastery. Though they hide it well, those with Rahu in first lack confidence in their ability to succeed independently. For this reason, they often see other people as the missing piece of what they need.
With Rahu in the first the native will rely on their relationships and the opinions of others to help define themselves. The more they interact with others, the more they get a sense of who they are. The lesson for Rahu in the 1st is to learn how to think and act independently. The more they march to the beat of their own drum (not depending on the ideas and input of others) the better Rahu is working. If Rahu isn’t working well in the first house, the person can be prone to “identity crisis.”
Rahu on the ascendant can make a person stand out, either as an outcast or as a dynamic personality. The lord strength and conjunct planets show whether they’re more odd or charismatic. Either way, life is never ordinary with Rahu in the first house.
The North Node also represents all things foreign. Rahu in the ascendant makes a person connected to foreign things in some way, whether residence or foreign interests. This contributes to them feeling “out of place” or like an outcast.
Ketu in 7th House
Ketu in the 7th shows that in past lives there was an emphasis on partnerships and relating to others. It shows a socially developed person who knows how to benefit from the skills and knowledge of others. This isn’t to say they take advantage of people, but they’re secure in give-and-take relationships. They can easily connect with others and would rather work in teams than alone.
These individuals are very relationship oriented with strong interpersonal skills. They have a good sense of business, trade, and equality. Typically in marriage, they become frustrated that their partner isn’t as “into it” as they are. Remember that Ketu shows the areas of life where it is hard to feel fulfilled.
Problems arise when the Ketu in 7th person is left on their own. This is when they lose confidence in their own abilities. When they’re left with their ideas and skills their insecurity starts to creep out. The lesson is to turn inward and follow your own thoughts and path that isn’t dependant on someone else.
Famous People with Rahu in the First House:
Leonardo Da Vinci
Martin Luther King
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
Remember that Rahu and Ketu always give the effects of their Lords and the planets they are with, as well as Saturn for Rahu and Mars for Ketu. Judge the condition and dignity of those planets and you’ll have a better idea of how well they’re working in your chart.
Very nice explained, must say!
Aayush Kansal says
Can you please tell me a good certified online astrology course starting from scratch?!
Hi Aayush, I don’t know which country you’re in, but in the U.S the ACVA is generally the one people go to be accredited/certified. The faculty has changed over the years, but their curriculum and lessons have probably remained the same and it’s comprehensive (starts from scratch). I should say that I have not taken their courses but I know the most reputable Vedic Astrologers (in America) are associated with it: https://acvaonline.org/
If you’re somewhere in the UK or India, perhaps there is something better there, but you can enroll in their program no matter what your location.
Aayush Kansal says
Thanks. I’m from India. And dollar is heavy on me.
For India, I see a lot of people recommending the Institute of Vedic Astrology ( https://www.ivaindia.com)
Thank you for the wisdom, I am currently quite dehydrated from the summer flu.
Bikram Singh says
Hi Brooke, long time. Can you pls write on Rahu 7th and Ketu 1st? Also what does it imply if say rahu is in 1st in D1 and rahu in 7th in D9?
Hi Bikram! I actually sent you a message earlier this year, just being nosey and wanted to ask how the eclipse had affected your 7th house. Though, I sent it on skype (which I rarely use anymore). Anyway, I will make that the topic of my next post! Regarding the question of the nodes switching those houses between the D1 and D9 – yes, that can be confusing. A person can struggle to find balance between their own needs and the needs of a relationships, sometimes acting selfishly and other times pouring in too much effort. Often times Rahu gives lots of opportunities for failure or even crisis that demands courage and persistence. But, when Astrologers look at the D9 they’re doing it in the context of additional techniques and aspects, etc. AND Because Rahu and Ketu are points and not physical bodies, so so much depends on their lords – it can be a different situation for everyone. I’ll try to write about Rahu in 7th soon. Hope you’re well!