[quote=“Rawiri, post:12, topic:8011”][This is a reply to himanschuchauhan that I figured would be better placed in his thread]
You don’t have to throw out the mythologies etc that you know. Typically they’re very illuminating. Especially when you separate them from the dogma and merely look at them symbolically, perhaps with a slightly different perspective than the average person. Understanding (and naturally working with) symbols is fairly fundamental to magic.
So that’s where I’d suggest starting.
For example, with Rahu you have the main story of his “creation” that you’re no doubt aware of. The asuras and devas get together to churn the ocean and the end result is the nectar of immortality. The initial plan of course was that this would only be for the devas. Vishnu takes the form of Mohini, the most supreme enchantress and seduces all the asuras, starting to hand out the nectar to the devas. The asura Svarbhanu isn’t taken in or fooled by this. He disguises himself and slips in line with the devas and is given the nectar, thus becoming immortal like the devas…and then of course is cut in half and becomes Rahu and Ketu. This shows his more significant qualities.
So from that one story we have the qualities of craftiness and single-minded focus Rahu has, to the point he was not fooled even while everyone else was. He operated stealthily – no one else was aware of what he was doing until it was “too late” and he had already attained what he intended. But most significantly is he attained that which was “not intended for him,” essentially “defying the gods.” Being the only asura then who attained immortality.
Rahu is also represented by the Vishnu Avatar (originally Brahma), Varaha. The boar which lifted the earth out of the ocean. The ocean in this case represents that astral/unmanifest reality. The earth the manifest. Without Varaha, manifestation would have been lost. You can find a lot more about Rahu’s qualities by considering that story completely as well as Varaha and his attributes.
Beyond that, we have some basic descriptions of Rahu. He is described as black, or rather, darkness. He is linked with serpents - which represent at the very least, transformation as well as sexuality. He of course, has no lower torso, which means no matter how much he consumes he is never satisfied – always and ever wanting more and more. He is described as looking down and inwards, which means firstly he’s very focused on that which is going on within you, in your consciousness…downward represents a rather “negative” focus, looking at that which is not up to scratch – weaknesses, unfulfilled desires etc.
He represents that which is foreign to you and yet also along with Ketu, he represents your ancestral lineage. Eclipses of the sun and moon are “caused” by him. Specifically, he is the north node where the moon crosses northward above the ecliptic. Any planet moving northward represents the beginning of a new cycle and its further development. The moon is the consciousness of the individual and all that entails (which is, everything). Thus he is the focal point for the development of your consciousness to new heights.
This is getting excessively long but if you just take a bit of time and contemplate on the various symbols, descriptions etc you will get a far better feel for who he is and what he can do than just from someone telling you (same for any spirit, whether they have myth or you simply consider the symbology they present to you when you work with them – it is a worthwhile ability to develop).
TL;DR He is the quintessential black magician.[/quote]
This explains me sone of my personality traits of now or past. Really helps me to understand him and in return myself a lot more. Thank you for that.
Even though there’s a gun to my head in working with Rahu as it’s success might determine if he’s gonna get me incarsarated or not. Yet I feel a sense of excitement and comfort in having a chance/need to work with him. That’s odd I know but so it is.
Any excerpt you’d suggest me to look into for working with Rahu. Is there a known Sigil for him?