Astrology has many names and is the favorite example of pseudo-science. Thanks to the literature; astrologers are finally pseudo-scientists.
No matter what, it cannot be denied that Vedic astrology evolved far before the establishment of scientific criteria. It is among the first set of knowledge gained by human beings by observing the dark sky.
Science unknowingly joined astrology when it found out that everything in the cosmos was made up of matter.
Vedas, written about 4000 years ago already hypothesized similarly. The belief and knowledge from Vedic texts state that “the whole universe was created by a supreme deity and gave it the name of ‘Brahma’” (Sanskrit: ‘Brahmand’ meaning: the universe). Science appears to give solid proof to Vedas by discovering the matter, which makes up the whole universe.
All of us; including the living and non-living components on Earth, the Sun, Moon, stars, and planets are made of stardust. This gives a clear explanation of the close relationship between the planets and human beings, both of who are essentially being built of the same material at their core.
In the cosmos, the stars and planets represent the macro-cosmic objects. Their immense size and energy drive them into the celestial path, uninterrupted and autonomously. There is no known energy in the universe to force the objects to divert from their path, except the universe itself.
Carrying a small part of them in ourselves, we essentially have their micro-cosmic representation. With this representation, we also carry their energies on a micro-scale.
Similar to a magnet which influences other small pieces of magnets, the macro-cosmic objects harness the energy in them to influence their micro-cosmic representations.
Not all the planets are the same and not each of them makes a similar influence on us. The way we are influenced/directed (good-bad) is dependent on the nature of the planets. The intensity up to which the planetary influence is felt relies on their proximity, and the particulate presence it has within us.
The astrological map or the birth chart gives the tentative calculations of the degree of particulate presence in an individual of the planets. It is based on the position of planets during the time of the birth of an individual and/or conception to be exact.
In this chapter, we will try to relate the qualities bestowed by planets in us, depending on their nature, size, and position.
The sun is the center of the solar system and is the ultimate source of light and energy. Within us, the spark of life and the center of energy is “the soul”. Hence, the sun represents the soul or the divine light inside us.
Influence: Sun is an authoritative planet and likes to rule. A conducive influence of strong sun makes a person fearless, confident and bestows strong willpower. The sun tends to grow egoistic and rise to power. Results are the exact opposite if the sun is weak. Leo is the sign ruled by Sun.
If you ultimately become a leader anywhere you go, you are well bestowed with the Sun’s powers.
Jupiter is the largest planet of the solar system. In old Hindu mythology, Jupiter is considered as the teacher of the Gods. Hence, like a teacher, Jupiter is the source of perception, intelligence, and wisdom in human beings.
Influence: Anyone with a good representation of Jupiter in their charts can become an ideal teacher. They are intelligent, which they naturally acquire and is often expressed by their academic ability. The Jupiterian tendency is to share knowledge and persuade wisdom. A weak Jupiter attracts boasting and self-praise. Sagittarius and Pisces are ruled by Jupiter.
If people come to you for advice or enjoy teaching, you have a great deal of Jupiterian influence.
Mercury is an ideal student for planet Jupiter. Being close to Sun, it absorbs most of the sunlight and is bright and sharp.
Influence: Mercury signifies curiosity, logic, and hunger for knowledge. It bestows great reading, researching, analyzing and writing capacity. Mercurians absorb a great deal of knowledge to satiate their burning curiosity. It is the energy to learn and express knowledge. Mercury rules Gemini and Virgo.
If you are a writer, you have a great deal of Mercurial influence in you.
Moon is the closest heavenly mass to the Earth. It reflects the light of the Sun to us. Moon represents the mind and consciousness. The soul (Sun) manifests its presence in the body through the mind (Moon).
Influence: Mind is the medium of communication with the soul. Your inner calling or the voice of the soul is expressed by the mind as thoughts. Moon rules the human emotions, imagination, feelings, and mental ability.
It is closest to the Earth and naturally has a greater influence on us. From the tides in the Ocean to the tides in the human lives, moon aspects the emotional bonds of our lives. It also outbuilds the personality and mental state of a person. Moon rules Cancer.
A moody person has a weak moon’s influence in his chart. A stable moon bestows a stable mind and imagination.
Mars is called a “red planet” as it has a reddish appearance in the sky. Red represents the fire, the heat, and energy. It is believed to be fiery and full of vigor. From Vedic texts, Mars is brave and is the commander of the Army.
Influence: Mars signifies the energy, the aggression, the spirit to do anything. High mental spirit bestows higher physical power and strength; greater courage and competitive ability. The Martian presence in the body is what gives us the vigor to accomplish great things. It also rules the sexual drive. A weak Mars brings in cowardness and fragility. Mars rules Aries and Scorpio.
If you can sky-dive without someone kicking your back, you have that martian influence in you.
Venus is thought of as a beautiful star that is visible from Earth at times. From the Vedic texts, Venus is the teacher of Demons. Venus is known to indulge demons in relish and pleasure to abstain them from vicious deeds.
Influence: It rules physical beauty, women, richness and luxury in life. The artistic tendency like literature, singing, acting, and others are Venusian energies. White color, beautiful places, sweet words, and delicious foods are where the Venusian energy resides. Venus rules sexual desire, the craving for luxury and pleasure. Venus rules Taurus and Libra.
If your drawings are better at expressing yourself than your words, you have a great deal of Venusian energy in you.
The fifth planet Saturn is considered the farthest planet in Vedic astrology. From Hindu mythology, Saturn is the son of Sun and Chhaya (Shadow), who abandoned him for being dark and ugly. It is a slow mover and possesses three rings around it. The rings symbolize the limitations of human life. Saturn is a cold and karmic planet, the boss and the taskmaster.
Influence: While Sun represents the soul, Saturn represents fate. Saturn is the master of discipline, hard work, and patience. It is also the planet of justice. The Saturnian tendency is dictatorial and is believed to bring miseries in life for the wrong deeds committed in the past. It inspires humans to be disciplined and to perform good deeds. It punishes the disobedient ones with a hell of miseries. Saturn rules Capricorn and Aquarius.
If everything you attempt to do faces a hell of difficulties at its final stage, you are under the karmic influence of Saturn.
Rahu and Ketu
Rahu and Ketu are not real planets. Instead, they are the intersection points of the Moon’s orbit around the sun with the Earth’s orbit. The north intersection point is Rahu while the south is Ketu. In Hindu mythology, they are the head(Rahu) and body(Ketu) of a demon who drank the elixir of immortality and was beheaded by Lord Bishnu.
Rahu is responsible for solar and Ketu for lunar eclipses, which is the reason why they are called the shadowy planets. Their nature is exactly opposite to one another.
Influence: In Vedic astrology, Rahu symbolizes the tendency to be non-spiritual, materialistic and to fulfill the unfulfilled desires in this world. He is an outlaw and has no limits to anything. It signifies mysteries, illusions, hidden secrets, fault logic, instability of mind and irreligious persuasion. Rahu never gets satisfied and swallows everything like a black hole. The greed of Rahu attracts natives towards illicit relations, other’s wealth, lust and ultimate self-destruction.
Rahu has an ample influence on you if an illegal business or a neighbor’s wife sexually appeals to you.
Ketu is spiritual energy; the planet of “Nirvana”. Ketu influences the transformation from materialization to spiritualization. The transformation, however, is painful and full of misery; but not a happy and benevolent one. A king can become a sage with its influence. It is equally cruel and illusionary as Rahu and brings detachment with loved ones, loss of property, psychic abilities, sacrifices and ultimately drives the individual towards spiritualism and god.
If you can feel the future events before they occur, Ketu has bestowed its powers on you.
In the end, the planets Uranus and Neptune are not considered in Vedic astrology. The reason behind it is that they are at a huge distance from the planet Earth and their influences in human lives are considered to be negligible.
Inspirer and Source: Astrology Lessons by PVR Narasimha Rao.