by Lina Elisabeth Preston 4 min read

Rahu in Pisces and Ketu in Virgo:
November 28, 2023 - May 29, 2025

The Karmic Axis

Rahu and Ketu will transit into new signs on November 28, 2023 (True node), where they will remain until May 2025.

Rahu and Ketu are shadow planets that reveal collective karmic influences and show individual karma. The transits of the lunar nodes are especially interesting now with so much happening in the world. Let’s gain a deeper understanding of their influence over the next year and a half.

Rahu: Complex Karma

Rahu represents worldly attractions. Rahu is insatiable, has cravings, and is never fully satisfied with the status quo. This ambition to fulfill material desires generates more karma. Unfulfilled earthly desires are what draw us back to Earth for yet another incarnation.

Rahu and Ketu always move retrograde, in the opposite direction from the planets. Rahu has been transiting Aries for a year and a half and is now going to Pisces at the end of November.

The nodes are influenced by the rulers of the sign they transmit. During his transit in Aries, from March 16, 2022, to November 28, 2023 (true node), Rahu took on the influence of Mars, the ruler of Aries. Mars can manifest assertiveness, aggression, and violence.

This time, Rahu has stayed in the gandanta zone between Aries and Pisces for a long time – between September 14 and December 13, 2023. The gandanta zone can cause tumultuous change and holds very complex karma.

Rahu in Pisces:
November 28, 2023 - May 29, 2025 (True node)

Rahu enters Pisces on November 28, 2023.

Pisces is like the cosmic ocean. The symbol of this sign is two fish swimming in opposite directions. This symbolizes many different feelings and thoughts swimming together in the same ocean.

During this transit, Rahu takes on the energy of Jupiter, the ruler of Pisces. Jupiter governs religion and spirituality. The energy of Pisces tends to be visionary, imaginative, and spiritual.

There is much confusion in the world today. The demand for ideals, vision, and spirituality is increasing. Since Rahu expresses worldly desires, there is a potential for false prophets and delusion. Rahu is very good at deception, and we must be aware of manipulation in today’s world.

However, Rahu in Pisces also has the potential to offer humanitarian aid and healing. We must be true to our higher self and listen to our hearts.

Rahu in Pisces indicates an excess of water. During Rahu’s transit in Pisces, which lasts for eighteen months, we may see more rain, storms, and flooding than usual. We will likely see continued problems related to climate change with rising sea levels and contamination.

Rahu will cast his aspect on all the water signs. We may want to explore unknown territories. Intuitive sciences, mystical studies, and alternative healing benefit from Rahu in Pisces.

Ketu’s Expressions

Let’s look at Ketu’s qualities before examining his transit in Virgo.

Ketu governs the past and can sometimes give us a sense of disappointment. But Ketu also has a desire for non-attachment and liberation.

Ketu is our ancestors, roots, and history. Ketu is the invisible energy of past karma. Ketu is headless. He has fiery energy, and his reactions are instinctive. He can be violent and capable of cruelty.

Under a lower expression of Ketu’s influence, we can experience separation. If we are unwilling to let go, we may feel pain and confusion. Ketu can give a sense of disappointment, loss, and disillusionment, which draws some people to a spiritual path. Pain often brings a need for inner expansion and healing.

On a high level of consciousness, Ketu brings a desire for liberation and an attraction to spirituality and introspection. He is an ascetic, a monk, a meditator, a mystic, and a renunciate. Ketu’s energy is present in the person seeking inner light and wisdom. It is beneficial to go on pilgrimage under the influence of Ketu. Ketu’s energy is wonderful for the spiritual seeker, but most people are not seeking liberation.

Ketu’s Transit in Virgo:
November 28, 2023 - May 29, 2025 (True node)

Ketu enters Virgo on November 28, 2023.

Ketu releases us from attachments. He can stir up old karma and manifest chaos, loss, and disorder in this process.

So, what might we expect while Ketu transits Virgo? The symbol for Virgo is a maiden holding a scythe and a bundle of wheat. The maiden symbolizes purity and purification, the scythe expresses discrimination, and the grain is nourishment.

Ketu takes on the energy of Virgo’s ruler, Mercury. Virgo is analytical and uses intellect and practical discrimination to transform and change the obstacles for a healthy and virtuous life.

Virgo’s practical approach will balance the idealistic Rahu in Pisces. Rahu can be toxic, but Ketu in Virgo has an impulse to purify. Sound judgment and discernment are welcome. Ketu can use its intuition in Virgo to make the right choices.

Ketu in Virgo separates and uses detachment to preserve purity. While Ketu transits Virgo, we must watch out for being overly critical and judgemental.

Virgo is a mental sign, and battles between different ideologies can occur.
There is a danger of prejudice, exclusion, and even persecution of others.
We are facing important battles.

If we make use of Virgo’s ability to introspect and discern, it will empower us. We can make choices based on inner wisdom.

“Always listen inwardly for the voice of wise counsel. If you keep yourself fully open, you may hear suggestions even in the wind.”
–Swami Kriyananda, Living Wisely, Living Well

This is an excellent time to meditate, do mantras, and for spiritual studies.


Lina Elisabeth Preston
Lina Elisabeth Preston

Lina Elisabeth Preston has been doing astrological consultations for 20 years. She is a certified Jyotish Visharada and member and practitioner with the Council of Vedic Astrology. Lina also works with vedic gemstones. A long time meditator and disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, Lina lives with her husband Binay at Ananda Village, a spiritual community in Northern California. Lina and Binay founded their business Northern Lights in 1990.

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