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Vedic astrology recommends 9 gemstones, one for each planet among navagraha. These nine gemstones are called Ruby, Pearl, Yellow Sapphire, White Sapphire or Diamond, Red Coral, Emerald, Blue Sapphire, Hessonite and Cat’s Eye, and they are worn for Sun, Moon, Jupiter, Venus, Mars, Mercury, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu respectively. Through this series of articles we will look at certain characteristics possessed by each one of these gemstones and in the present article, we will discuss some important things about Cat’s Eye, which is the gemstone associated with Ketu.

Ketu as we know is an important planet in each horoscope and the nature as well as the strength of Ketu can vary from horoscope to horoscope, which means that in some horoscopes, Ketu may be very strong, it may be having average strength in some horoscopes and it may be weak or very weak in some other horoscopes. The strength of Ketu is measured by various methods available in Vedic astrology though some astrologers and people interested in astrology still think that the presence of Ketu in a particular sign is the only factor that can affect the strength of Ketu in a horoscope.

This is not true as there are many factors which can affect the strength or weakness of Ketu in a horoscope and the placement of Ketu in a particular sign is just one of them. Moving ahead, sometimes Ketu can become weak in a horoscope due to its placement in its sign of debilitation, due to affliction from one or more than one malefic planets in the horoscope, due to weak placement in some specific houses of the horoscope and various other factors. When Ketu becomes weak in a horoscope, it is not fully capable of protecting its general as well as specific significances and hence the native may see bad results or fewer good results related to the significances of Ketu.

If such weak Ketu is working as a benefic planet in a horoscope, some extra strength must be provided to such weak Ketu so that it may start working properly in the horoscope and it may protect its significances. This results in good things happening to the native in various spheres of his life. This extra strength is provided with the help of a specific gemstone called Cat’s Eye which transfers the energy of Ketu from the planet itself into the body of the native who wears this gemstone.

Cat’s Eye is called Ketu Ratna or Vaidoorya in Sanskrit and Lahsuniya in Hindi. This gemstone captures the energy of Ketu from its upper surface and it transfers this energy into the body of the native who wears it. The additional energy of Ketu transferred by Cat’s Eye into the body of the native provides extra strength to Ketu and it starts working in a stronger way in the horoscope, body as well as the Aura of the native. It should be noted that a Cat’s Eye is only capable of increasing the strength of Ketu inside the body and Aura of a native by transferring additional energy of Ketu and this gemstone is not capable of changing the working nature of Ketu in a horoscope.

It means that if Ketu is working positively or Ketu is benefic in a horoscope, wearing this gemstone will increase the strength of Ketu and as such positive Ketu gains strength, it will start producing good results for the native with increased quantum and frequency. On the other hand, if Ketu is working negatively which means that Ketu is malefic in the horoscope, wearing the gemstone for Ketu will provide additional strength to this negative Ketu and as it gains strength, it will start causing problems and losses for the native with increased strength and quantum. Hence, utmost care should be taken that only those people should wear this gemstone, who have a benefic Ketu in their horoscopes whereas the natives having a malefic Ketu in their horoscopes should not wear a Cat’s Eye as wearing this gemstone can cause serious problems related to many spheres of their lives.

Looking at the composition of this gemstone, Cat’s Eye is found available in different colors and shades ranging from green to yellow to brown. The color and clarity of this gemstone are 2 important aspects to look for when purchasing a Cat’s Eye though color and clarity are not the only aspects which decide the quality of this gemstone and there are many other aspects which can affect the final quality and efficiency of this gemstone.

Hence it is very difficult for a common man to test or check the exact quality of a Cat’s Eye but even then, making a check for proper color and proper clarity can still make a difference in the kind of gemstone you are going to purchase. It should be noted that different colors of Cat’s Eye may be suitable for different natives and hence every native should wear a Cat’s Eye belonging to a color which has been recommended by his astrologer. Changing the color of this gemstone against the recommendation of your astrologer can result in some side effects which may keep bothering you along with the benefits, though the change in color of this gemstone, alone is not likely to make this gemstone produce all negative effects for you, if Ketu if benefic in your horoscope.

Hence due attention should be paid to the color of your Cat’s Eye when purchasing this gemstone. Due attention should also be paid to the weight of this gemstone recommended by your astrologer and it is strongly advised to wear a Cat’s Eye which falls within the weight range recommended by your astrologer as changing the weight of this gemstone with your own discretion or on the advice of your jeweler can bring unwanted and unwelcome results for you.

For example, wearing a Cat’s Eye much less in weight than the weight of this gemstone recommended by your astrologer may not bring significant good results or any results at all whereas wearing a Cat’s Eye which is much higher in weight compared to the weight of this gemstone, recommended by your astrologer can cause mild or serious side effects. In some extreme cases, it can also produce negative effects due to the native not being able to handle so much extra energy of Ketu, which has been transferred into his body through this gemstone. Hence due attention should be paid to the weight of Cat’s Eye recommended by your astrologer when purchasing this gemstone.

Vedic astrology recommends practicing some procedures before wearing a Cat’s Eye which may include the steps like purification and energization of this gemstone. Purification of a Cat’s Eye is the process through which any negative energy attached to this gemstone is removed with the help of Mantras and some specific Vedic procedures whereas energization of a Cat’s Eye is the process through which this gemstone is charged with the help of Mantras and some specific Vedic procedures so that it may produce its optimum results. The processes of purification and energization of a Cat’s Eye are technical processes and they should be conducted only by expert pandits who know the proper procedures to carry out these processes. Once the native has got his duly purified and energized Cat’s Eye fitted in a ring or in a pendant, the next step is to wear this gemstone, which also involves some specific procedures.

Vedic astrology recommends that a Cat’s Eye should be worn on a Saturday morning when the native is wearing this gemstone for the first time in his life. Before wearing a Cat’s Eye on a Saturday morning, the native should put this gemstone in GangaJal (water of Holy River Ganga) or in a mixture of unboiled milk and pure water about 8 to 12 hours before the time of wearing this gemstone, which comes out to be Friday evening in most cases as this gemstone is recommended to be worn on a Saturday morning.

The native should take his bath on Saturday morning, say his prayers and then he should sit or stand in front of the ring or pendant and he should first chant Mool Mantra or Beej mantra of Ketu for 108 times or 27 times and then he should pray to lord Ketu and ask him to provide best possible results from this gemstone. After doing so, the native should take the Cat’s Eye ring or Pendant, he should rinse it with clean water in case he had put it in a mixture of unboiled milk and water, and then he should wipe it with a clean cloth and after completing all these procedures, the native should wear his Cat’s Eye ring.

It should be noted that a Cat’s Eye should be worn on a Saturday morning and this gemstone should not be worn on a Saturday evening for the first time as doing so can cause some unwanted side effects or initial problems for the native. However, once this gemstone is worn, the native should keep wearing it for the rest of his life unless otherwise directed by his astrologer. Mool Mantra and Beej Mantra of Ketu are given below for the convenience of readers :

Ketu Mool Mantra : Om Ketve Namah
Ketu Beej Mantra : Om Straam Streem Straum Sah Ketve Namah

Wearing a Cat’s Eye with proper procedures recommended by Vedic astrology can bless the native with many good and very good things which come under the general as well as the specific significances of Ketu, according to the horoscope of the native. Therefore all natives are advised to wear this gemstone with proper procedure in order to get maximum benefits from this gemstone. After initially wearing this gemstone, the native should regularly clean his Cat’s Eye in order to keep getting optimum results from this gemstone.

A good frequency to clean a Cat’s Eye is once every 3 to 6 months depending on the nature of job of the native and depending on how fast this gemstone accrues greasy deposits of oil and dust on its surfaces. Not cleaning your Cat’s Eye for a long period of time can result in big deposits on the surface of this gemstone, particularly on the lower surface of this gemstone. Such deposits can temper with the working of your Cat’s Eye in a negative way by blocking the energy radiations of Ketu which are supposed to be transferred into your body through this gemstone. Hence all the natives wearing a Cat’s Eye should regularly clean it in order to keep getting optimum benefits from this gemstone.


Himanshu Shangari