A thing to remember here is that these posts are strictly meant for the particular planet position. Like, today we are looking at Rahu in Cancer, so the description given here may change for you if your Rahu is although in the sign of Cancer but with conjunction with or aspected by other planets. --
Rahu represents illusion, foreign lands, foreign things (foreign as in unknown things. So, for someone living in Punjab, culture and rituals of Kerala is also unknown and hence Foreign), Drugs, Medicines, any type of intoxication, fame, wealth, success, obsession, past-life left-over karma, movies, television, online world, cheating, imagined fears, unusual things, unique things, creativity, rule breaker. Rahu also blows things out of proportions.
Cancer is 4th sign of Zodiac Belt, hence it represents the things represented by 4th house like Mother, Mother's care, Emotions and Nourishment etc. Cancer is consisted of 2 and half Nakshatras namely Punarvasu, Pushyami and Ashlesha. Cancer's lord is Moon.
One thing we have to remember with posts related with Rahu through Signs is that Rahu converts himself as the lord of the sign it is sitting in and then amplifies quality of lord. Like, when Rahu is in Cancer, Rahu will take all the qualities of Moon (Lord of Cancer) and then will amplify those qualities out of limit. Rahu also does same to the planet it is sitting with. Like, if Rahu is with Saturn then it will take all the qualities of Saturn and blow them out of proportion during Rahu MD or Saturn MD. It is always better to have Rahu alone in a house rather than conjunct with a planet. Another thing with Rahu is that recently I have come across of the view that Rahu and Ketu don't have aspects on 5th or 9th house, for the simple reason that they are shadow planets and for aspects you need a sight not shadow. I am yet to verify it on at least 50 charts, so for now I will continue with traditional approach of 5th and 9th aspects of Rahu. Ideal placement for Rahu is to sit with an exalted planet, then it takes all the qualities of the exalted planet and amplifies them.
So, when Rahu is in Cancer, it turns itself into Moon and amplifies the qualities of Moon. It means these people become overly emotional and caring. They become overly protective of their home and children. But as Rahu remains a demonic illusive planet, this show of overly emotional behavior has some hidden agenda many times. Like, as a politician they want to show their emotions and love for their people just to get their votes. As a social worker, they want to show their care and protection towards poor with the hope of getting appreciation, awards and rewards. So, it is a situation which is good and bad both. Good, because anyhow needy people are receiving care and Bad, because there is a hidden agenda behind that care. Sometimes, in this over care or over emotional attitude, these people end-up giving to others more than what they should have done and later feel regretful about it. In this case, it becomes very important to see how Moon is placed in horoscope as Moon is lord of Cancer. If Moon is somehow well placed, they will keep a balance between their charity and own needs. If Moon is not so well placed, then they might even end-up money-less because of their emotional attitude towards others. So, it is kind of tricky placement. Career wise, this can make great social servants, doctors and nurses but real challenge remains in controlling that demonic and illusive Rahu energy.
Now, the question comes about the level at which Rahu is going to give results. So, it again would depend on the Nakshatra Rahu is sitting in. If Rahu is in Punarvasu Nakshatra, then we have to look for Jupiter's position as Jupiter is Punarvasu's lord. If Rahu is in Pushyami Nakshatra, then we need to check Saturn's placement. Again, If Rahu is in Ashlesha Nakshatra, then it is impacted by Mercury as Nakshatra lord.
As discussed earlier, as Cancer is ruled by Moon, we need to look at Moon's position. Moon's position will actually determine that how Rahu is going to behave in Cancer. Again, horoscope should be judged in its totality.
Tomorrow, Rahu in Leo.
Vishal S Saxena, Astrologer.
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