Judging Rahu and Ketu
I'm still a little confused on how to judge Rahu and Ketu. They do not aspect other planets because they have no gaze but other planets can aspect them and effect them? Can they can be hurt by afflicted planets aspecting them or helped by planets in strong dignity?
When you say to check where Rahu is in the Rasi and then how Rahu is doing in the critical Varga of that house (in the Rahu/Ketu Maturation Video), how do I judge how they are doing in the critical Varga?
Rahu and ketu do as good as their lords, the planets joining them, and the planets aspecting them. Their lords are the more constant influence, the planets with them and aspecting them influences come and go. For this reason, rahu and ketu have so many ups and downs and suprises. In the varga, read the lord. Always start with the lord in the rasi or the varga.
Great, thanks. This explains a lot.
Rahu and Ketu are our environment. They are also our ancestors. The environment we are in, is the result of our ancestors who left the world as we were born into it. We are born into that environment as a result of our past karmas, thus it's the right environment for us to resolve our karmas. The sign of the nodes is more important than the house. The sign is the qualities that the environment developed, Ketu, and the qualities that need to be developed as a result of lack or stress in the environment. The house is simply the area of life were we experience all this the most.
The ups and downs are rahu and ketu, why are they so up and down compared to any other planet? Because any other planet's effects largely depend on its own lajjitaadi avasthas. Rahu and ketu though give an up for every good avastha planet that impacts them, and a down for every bad avastha planet that affect them. Most people have a mix of these influences on thier nodes. Some people are lucky and may only have good avasthas on both nodes or one node, you won't see them going to astrologers though.