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 Leo, so the description given here may change for you if your Rahu is although in the sign of Leo 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.
Leo is 5th sign of zodiac belt, hence it represents the things associated with 5th house of horoscope like Love, Creativity, Arts, Being on Stage etc. Besides that, Leo is basically the Lion. This is the sign of feeling like King or Queen. Also, it is a sign of independence, Confidence, Ego, Self Esteem etc. Leo is consisted of 2 and half Nakshatra namely Magha, Purva-Phalguni and Uttara-Phalguni. Leo's lord is Sun.
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 Leo, Rahu will take all the qualities of Sun (Lord of Leo) 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.
But here is one twist with Rahu in Cancer/Leo. Cancer is ruled by Moon and Leo is ruled by Sun and as per the mythological story goes Rahu and Ketu are enemies only to these 2 planets. So, when Rahu is in the sign of Cancer or Leo, Rahu throws its eclipsing shadow over Moon or Sun. Unless Moon/Sun are strong in horoscope, this eclipse impact the person till mid 30s. Here in Leo, it becomes a tug of war inside the person where Rahu in Leo pushes the person to attain fame and celebrity status in front of people and to gain all the appreciation of the world but at the same time as Sun (Lord of Leo) is eclipsed, they are either shy or scared to take the 1st steps towards creativity which may lead them to fame. It is like they want fame but don't have enough courage to take the 1st step towards that fame. This situation remains till mid 30s. As Buddha said, 3 things can not be hidden for a long time, The Sun, The Moon and The Truth. It applies here also and eclipse doesn't last long through out life. In mid 30s, person finally gathers courage to come out in front of public with his creativity, because guess what? Rahu is the reason why we reincarnate in this world. Rahu in Leo means person has come to attain fame and celebrity status, so sooner or later it will push the person towards that desire. Another thing with Rahu in Leo person is that appreciation becomes very important for them. They desire appreciation for any good work they do. Even if they do some domestic chore of cleaning and mopping, they want people at home to recognize and appreciate their effort. It is like Oxygen for them but unfortunately as Rahu is eclipsing Sun, in 1st half of life, they never receive that appreciation even from their own family. It suffocates them and finally it forces them to go out in the world with creativity and arts to look for that appreciation. Another thing with Rahu in Leo is that these people become leaders of their field. Even if someone is more concerned towards his home and may even be the youngest member of family, at some point of time they will become head of family despite still being the youngest in family. Overall, a great placement for someone who wants to gain fame and celebrity status with his creative skills.
Now, the impact of Rahu will depend on Rahu's position in a particular Nakshatra. If Rahu is in Magha Nakshatra, then Ketu's position will decide the functioning of Rahu in Leo as Magha's lord is Ketu. If Rahu is in Purva-Phalguni Nakshatra, then Venus will impact Rahu's result. If Rahu is in Uttara-Phalguni Nakshatra, then Sun's position will be deciding Rahu's impact.
Also, as Sun is Lord of Leo, Sun's condition will have the highest say on Rahu's impact in Leo.
Tomorrow, Rahu in Virgo.
Vishal S Saxena, Astrologer.
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