Rahu is considered as a neutral planet according to most scriptures of Vedic astrology; though some astrologers are of the opinion that it is a male/masculine planet. In practice, it tends to give results which may be masculine or feminine; varying from case to case. It is considered as a cold and dry planet. Vedic astrology associates it with Vaata (air) element. Rahu doesn’t have physical mass and it is a shadow planet. It is one of the most difficult planets among navagraha; when it comes to assessments, predictions and rectifications through remedies.
Looking at its characteristics/traits/significances; it represents brother-in-law, father-in-law, birds, flying objects, foreign elements, internet, websites, virtual concepts, electricity, electronic equipment, intuition, psychic perception, mysteries, illusions, cleverness, wittiness, diplomacy, manipulation, corruptions, perversions, sudden gains or losses, crime, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, prostitution, gambling, lotteries, stock markets, various types of addictions, compulsive behaviour patterns, unfortunate events, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, tornados, cyclones, storms, lightening, accidents, diseases, delays, losses, destruction and many other things.
In many cases; Rahu may give quick results where such results may be good or bad; depending on its functional nature as well as the overall horoscope of a native in question. It may bless a native with billions in a matter of days or less; through lotteries, jackpots, game shows, inheritance and many other ways. At the same time; it may make a native lose everything he may have, in less than a day; through gambling, betting, natural disasters, unfortunate events and many other ways.
It is one of the most influential planets in the present times. Hence majority of things and devices which may be called advanced technology are ruled by Rahu. It rules all types of plastics and materials made from them, mobiles, internet, electric devices, electronic devices, air conditioners, refrigerators, heaters, airplanes, casinos, multiplexes, movie theatres, pubs, discotheques, television, radio, cinema, software, apps, ATMs, robots, medical supplements, performance enhancing drugs, steroids, antibiotics, man-made hormones, chemicals of various types, international trade and a number of other things. If we remove all these things from the equation, we may virtually go back to stone-age. This gives an idea about how strong the influence of this planet is, over present times. With the invention of electricity; Rahu era began and it is getting stronger and stronger with every passing day.
Natives who have weak/afflicted Rahu in their horoscopes may suffer from problems like nervous disorders, restlessness, depression, various types of psychological disorders, lack of ambition, insecurities, fears, phobias and a number of other problems. On the other hand, natives who have strong and benefic Rahu in their horoscopes may achieve very good amount of success through characteristics rendered by it and/or through spheres represented by it. Majority of natives who achieve success through internet, virtual social media platforms, search engines; platforms like Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter; ecommerce, stock markets, virtual currencies and other likewise fields may be under the influence of benefic Rahu.
This planet may bless some natives with good or very good amount of psychic perception, intuition and/or mathematical skills. As a result, they may achieve success as astrologers, psychics, numerologists, tantrics, healers and other likewise professionals. Rahu has great affinity with anything that is foreign. Since it has strong influence over the present times; the world has become a global village. Almost every country has people from many other countries, cross-country marriages are increasing in number, people are settling in other countries; and international trade as well as tourism is growing. Hence natives with strong and specific placements of Rahu in their horoscopes may settle in foreign countries, they may get married to people belonging to foreign countries and/or they may engage in professions which may demand significant amount of foreign travel.
Natives under strong influence of Rahu may practice as politicians, ministers, diplomats, manipulators, power-brokers, administrative officers, revenue officers, police officers, army officers, naval officers, air force officers, doctors, engineers, scientists, analysts, explorers, researchers, IT professionals, software developers, architects, designers, actors, singers, musicians, dancers, writers, fashion models, producers, directors, lawyers, physicians, consultants, advisors, astrologers, tantrics, psychics, healers; professionals dealing in media industry, television industry, movie industry, radio industry, music industry, airline industry, hotel industry, liquor industry, casino industry, tobacco industry, plastic industry, chemical industry, pharmaceutical industry, cellphone industry, various types of manufacturing units which produce electric or electronic devices, internet industry, event management industry, social media industry, all types of virtual platforms and a number of other professionals.
Rahu may be strong or very strong in Taurus, Gemini, Virgo, Libra, Capricorn and Aquarius; depending on its nakshatra and navamsha placements within these signs. It may perform well or very well in Aries; depending on its nakshatra and navamsha placements within this sign. It may perform well or poorly in Cancer, Leo and Sagittarius; depending on its nakshatra and navamsha placements within these signs. It may perform poorly or very poorly in Scorpio and Pisces; depending on its nakshatra and navamsha placements within these signs.
Taking an example, Rahu may perform relatively well when placed in Virgo navamsha of Uttarabhadrapada nakshatra within the sign of Pisces. However, it may perform very poorly when placed in Scorpio navamsha of Uttarabhadrapada or Pisces navamsha of Revati nakshatra within the sign of Pisces. Taking another example, Rahu may be very strong when placed in Taurus navamsha of Hasta or Virgo navamsha of Chitra nakshatra within the sign of Virgo whereas it may be strong but not very strong when placed in Pisces navamsha of Uttaraphalguni nakshatra within the sign of Virgo.
When malefic in horoscope, Rahu may form various type of defects. Among them; Kaal Sarp Yog, Guru Chandal Yoga, Grahan Yoga, Pitra Dosh and Angarak Yoga are prominent ones.