Rahu Is Not Uranus!

In Vedic or Indian astrology the modern planets Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are not normally included in their interpretations, but their effects are sometimes ascribed to Rahu(Uranus-like) and Ketu(Neptune-like) for convenience.

This is a mistake. Rahu is NOT like Uranus, nor is Ketu like Neptune. Rahu and Ketu are not even planets, they are nodes or mathematical points, where the the Earth's equator cuts the Moon's orbital plane. In Western astrology, Rahu and Ketu are the Moon's north and south nodes. They are described as sensitive points associated with one's past or karma(south node) and one's future direction(north node). This may be a generous or diluted interpretation. In Vedic astrology, Rahu is often depicted as a demon or failed god who was split in two(Ketu being the lower half) and has mostly negative connotations in the chart. Ketu's negative and often violent attributes are almost nothing like those of Uranus who is chaotic but generally positive.

The Mahabharata, a text dating to 3138 BC or thereabouts describes the epic battle between Atlantis and older Lemuria which almost destroyed the planet and led to the Great Flood. Sage Veda Vyasa, considered to be an immortal and expert astrologer, rewrote or compiled the Mahabrata in poetic form. The work was published in 2006, and in it, he mentions the outermost planets and their positions during the epic War in a few key verses.

Vyasa describes Uranus as a greenish-white planet called Sweta, and Neptune as a bluish white planet called Syama. Pluto is also alluded to and is called Teekshana. Neelakantha, an Indian scholar of the late 1600's, also mentions Uranus but calls it Mahapata meaning "one that has a greater orbit"(beyond Saturn). His name for Neptune is Parigha meaning "circumference" or covering most of the solar system.

How did these great men see the outer planets, and even their colors? It is postulated by some that "durbines" which were monocular instruments with lenses may well have existed in their time. Somehow, over time, these outer planets were forgotten and omitted from astrological interpretations, but this does not invalidate their existence, either today or back some 5100 years ago when they were included in the Mahabharata.

The Mahabharata also describes a dark companion sun or twin to our own some 10% larger than our Sun. This "moon" of the Sun would make ours a double sun system. Could this body be behind our eclipses and be the real Rahu?

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