In this post, I would like to explain what happens when you have Ketu in your second house and Rahu in your eighth house. These series are dealing specifically with Rahu and Ketu (the North Node and the South Node, respectively) house placements. If you are curious where your Rahu and Ketu are placed, please click HERE to calculate your chart. I also offer past life readings on my ETSY STORE, in which I go much more deeply into interpreting your Rahu and Ketu. The following is just a basic overview that will help you get some general ideas about Ketu in the 2nd house and Rahu in the 8th house.
In Vedic astrology, Ketu shows the focus of our recent past lives, what we perfected in previous incarnations. This is, however, the area where we feel stuck or uptight by not allowing variety and flexibility. Ketu is our safe and familiar castle. The purpose of Rahu is to reveal limitations we impose upon ourselves because we are overly attached to the false sense of security represented by Ketu. Rahu is depicted as a jungle where we feel unsafe and vulnerable. Essentially, it is a field of our inexperience that we need to explore in this life.
In essence, having Ketu in the second house and Rahu in the eighth house indicates that you are coming from a karmic background of developing security through material side of life, but in this lifetime you are in a need of creating greater psychological and emotional security.
The placement of Ketu in the second house indicates that in your past lives you have mastered the art of self-sufficiency and relying on your own resources, rather than asking others for help and assistance. This could have been self-reliance in terms of wealth, knowledge, or skills. Perhaps in your past life you were a self-made person who achieved success through great personal effort and hard work. As a result of this past life development, you feel secure, strong, and safe as long as you are capable of creating outer security for yourself through your own resources or industriousness. You are quite independent and capable of hard work. You are more likely to do something through your own effort rather than ask others for help. While this can be seen by some people as a great skill (and it is undoubtedly a talent you can utilise in many circumstances, you are a natural-born survivalist), relying only on your own strength is sometimes not the best course of action when you face obstacles bigger than yourself.
Ketu in your second house can also symbolise a feeling of rejection and loneliness that you might have experienced in your childhood or during your school years. Not the best placement for the relationship with your immediate family. Your speech and communication is also highlighted through this placement. You can have an unusual voice or perhaps you speak in a very straightforward and blunt manner, which could potentially alienate other people.
In the present life, however, Rahu in the eighth house causes sudden turbulences and situations of crisis that make you question your own strength. These struggles will force you to get a little bit of help from others when necessary. When crisis comes, you feel hesitant about benefiting from other people’s resources. You feel vulnerable asking your friends for help and you may have a hard time trusting others. You feel like other people cannot do a good job, so you need to do everything yourself. These troublesome events, however, help you to break free from your attachment to your own self-sufficiency. You should realise that if you are unable to freely benefit from others’ money, skills, and knowledge, then you are literally suppressing life in yourself and limiting your own strength. A main lesson to be learnt here is that asking for help is not necessarily a sign of weakness. We are not lone isles, we live in a society and we have each other so that working towards mutual goals is easier. Rahu in the eighth can also find its manifestation through addictions, manipulative behaviours, and power issues. These are problems that you may need to solve in your life.
The main purpose of your life is to learn how to be more secure in your bondings with others and to understand that being taken care of and helped is not necessarily a sign of weakness. You also need to rely less on external forms of security (wealth, property, etc.) and recognise the importance of feeling secure in your emotions and feelings.