Here is my twenty fifth entry for BettyLouise’s, IdahoBlueBird50 Mysteries Blog, Animal of the Day (AOTD) challenge. Here is the link to BettyLouise’s blog

Ketu is the descending (i.e ‘south’) lunar node in Vedic, or Hindu astrology. According to some accounts in Hindu mythology, Ketu belongs to Jaimini Gotra, whereas Rahu is from Paiteenasa gotra and hence they both are totally different entities with distinct characteristics but are two parts of a common body. Ketu is generally referred to as a “shadow” planet. It is believed to have a tremendous impact on human lives and also the whole creation. In some special circumstances it helps someone achieve the zenith of fame. Ketu is often depicted with a gem or star on his head signifying a mystery light. The vahana of Ketu is an Vulture. Ketu is not considered very auspicious that is why he is associated with a bird that is a bird of prey. Ketu is the severed torso of an asura called Svarbhānu, son of Simhikaa (daughter of Demon king Hiranyakashipu). Svarbhanu, lost his head since he stealthily sat with the Devas in disguise to take the Amrit (nectar) derived from churning of Samudra Mandhan. While distributing the Amrit, Mohini (Lord Vishnu) noticed the asura’s evil act and threw the discus and cut his head out. Later, Ketu gets the snake’s head. Ketu is the introspective function of the mind that scrutinizes the inflowing stimulus.