Vedic Astrology: Lessons of Planets
Astrology is a scientific study of patterns and relationships -of planets in motion and their impact on our mind and body. In the views of India’s ancient sages, the ruling deities of nine planets govern our, behavior, nature and decision making throughout our life. These planets bless us with benedictions and at the same time teach us hard lessons that must be incorporated into one’s personal life. Following are the lessons of all the nine planets in our life. Planets that are malefic in one’s chart indicate the kind of lessons the client has come to learn in this birth.
Lessons of Saturn
Know whenever there is hardship along the way to attainment of one’s goal, it is Saturn or Shani that causes that hardship. The leader of Capricorn, Saturn is associated with constraints, personal definitions, perceptions, setbacks, criticism and limitation. While Jupiter expands, Saturn constricts. Although the themes of Saturn seem depressing, Saturn brings a system, structure and lessons to our world. Saturn knows the limits of time and matter.
• Reminds us of our boundaries, our responsibilities, and our commitments.
• Forces us to develop self-control, handle responsibilities, face issues and know our limits.
• Makes us see the difference between right and wrong.
• Makes us humble and constructive by causing a number of hurdles in life.
Saturn is planet of Karma and the decision maker and the deliverer of justice. The person going through the phase of Shani runs into the toughest experiences and situations that mould his character. A powerful Saturn gives good results and a malefic Saturn causes delays and hurdles in life. It is the signification or karaka of grief and sorrow.
It is often associated with our fathers or father/authority figures. In childhood, the discipline, rules, and regulations imposed on us by our authority figures--from parents, teachers, and the like were not always pleasant, but they actually helped us to understand the world around us. Similarly, Saturn's lessons actually help us to grow.
Lessons of Jupiter
According to Vedic scriptures and astrology, Jupiter (Brhaspati or Guru) is a celestial planet (Graha). Jupiter, the King of the Gods, is the ruler of Sagittarius and called Guru the Teacher. In Astrology, Jupiter is a planet of learning. Jupiter seeks insight through knowledge. It is considered to be a highly beneficial planet. If placed favourably in the natal chart of a person, Jupiter bestows the person with the best of everything. Its nature represents progress and expansion. The person influenced by Jupiter will be religious, successful and generous and generally will tend to have high morals. The persons with highly influential Jupiter will be in the professions of teachers and priests.
• Teaches that we can grow in life only by tapping and developing our own uniqueness, wisdom and understanding and realising our self-worth.
• Creates lessons of competition and loss of self-worth in order to instil that unless we realise and cultivate wisdom and unique qualities within us we cannot grow.
• Governs our education, wisdom, wealth, happiness and knowledge.
Some of this planet's keywords include morality, self-confidence, hope, honour, and the law. Jupiter is a planet of broader purpose, reach, and possibility. Jupiter has generally been associated with optimism and growth (including mental and spiritual growth)..
Lessons of Sun
Astrologically, Sun or Surya is the centre of great powers. Due to its huge gravitational force, the planets revolve around it. It sustains the life on Earth and there would be no life without the almighty Sun. Sun is the Prana, the Lord Almighty. He has a huge significance on the life of human beings. Sun represents the divine brilliance manifested in the Self of humans.
The Sun, the giver of life, represents our conscious mind in Astrology. It represents our will to live and our creative life. The Sun is our basic identity, and represents self-realisation. The Sun also represents our overall vitality. The Sun directs us, and can be considered “the boss” of our chart. The Sun reflects the present or the “here and now”.
It teaches that you have maximum potential only in the now. Past is gone and future has yet to come. So release the past by act of forgiveness and let go. The sun teaches us lessons of evoking our self-power not giving power to others.
• Teaches us to be purposeful, directed, proud and creative.
• Teaches lessons of not to be haughty, overly wilful, self-centred, and judgmental.
• Makes us develop insights into the purpose of our life.
The areas of life associated with that house reveal the types of experiences which contribute to our sense of individuality and which shape our sense of pride. These areas of life are ones in which we seek to express and focus our Sun sign qualities.
Lessons of Mercury
Mercury rules over the voice of a person and represents our mentality, understanding, mental outlook and the manner in which we think and communicate. Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun and as a fast moving planet represents concepts, information and the methods to achieve them. Budha gives us information based intelligence. It is also known as the divine messenger and governs the communication, writing skills and sense of humour. It is the planet of day-to-day expression and communication. Mercury rules whether we are flowery in our speech and/or written words, concise in our choice of words, or business-like even in our personal communications.
• Teaches us to cultivate right communications, thoughts and actions.
• Teaches lessons of not to be haughty, overly wilful, self-centred, and judgmental.
Mercury not only rules communication, it also rules our heart chakra. Those with malefic mercury go through intense ups and downs in relationships till they learn lessons of right communication, thoughts and actions.
Mercury by sign shows an individual's style of communication. By house, Mercury reveals where natives seek to have a voice as well as which areas of life they tend to intellectualise and give a lot of thought to. Mercury colours the planets it aspects with a desire for communication and exchange of information. Similarly, the planets Mercury aspects affect the way an individual communicates. Mercury prominent in a chart points to wit, liveliness, and curiosity.
Lessons of Moon
According to Vedic scriptures and astrology, Moon (‘Chandra’ or ‘Soma’ in Sanskrit) is a celestial planet (Graha) that governs the basic habits, behaviours, personal needs and the emotions of an individual. It rules the mental and emotional state of all humans. It reflects the overall personality of an individual in terms of their psychological growth. The Moon, in Astrology, is the ruler of Cancer. The Moon represents our deepest personal needs, our basic habits and reactions, and our unconscious. Where the Sun acts, the Moon reacts. How do we instinctively react or respond to problems? What do we feel we need for a sense of security? Look to the Moon in your natal chart for answers.
• The Moon is associated with the mother and with feminine energy in general. The Moon is both our inner child and our inner mother.
• It is responsive, receptive, and reflective. The Moon is our spontaneous and instinctual reactions.
• When we have a strong moon in the chart we are imaginative, creative, fearless, , emotionally balanced , adaptable, introspective, and protective.
Those with malefic moon are prone to emotional instability, fears, insecurities and are moody, restless, and irrational.
We can also think of the Moon as that which gives us animation. It rules rhythmic ebb and flow of activity and energy. The Moon is a mediator between the inner world and the outer world. While the Sun is rational, the Moon is irrational. Habitual behaviours and prejudices are ruled by the Moon. Prejudices may not be acted out, as our Sun may censor them, but the Moon rules our spontaneous reactions and feelings.
Lessons of Venus
According to the Vedic scriptures and astrology, planet Venus or Shukra Graha is a celestial planet (one of the Navagrahas) which dominates various qualities of humans related to love, sex, attractiveness, music and dance and amusement sources. It rules over Libra and Taurus. It is the brightest planet in the sky and can be easily seen in the north direction early in the morning and hence it is also known as the Morning Star. Shukra is the planet for various pleasures and delights such as bodily beauty, attraction, love, relationship, sex, wealth, knowledge and prosperity. “Love and money” is actually a simplistic interpretation of Venus. Venus rules our sentiments, what we value, and the pleasure we take in life. Grace, charm, and beauty are all ruled by Venus. Through Venus, we learn about our tastes, pleasures, artistic inclinations, and what makes us happy.
We turn to Venus to show how we spend our money, the types of gifts we buy, and how much we spend on leisure activities (not to mention the kinds of leisure activities we seek out).
• Those with malefic Venus learn lessons of money with respect to earning money, saving money, enjoying money, attraction of money and safeguarding of money.
• Venus creates situations for them where they lose money if not careful or end up in debts or face discontentment or shortfall of money occasionally. Once lessons are learned they are blessed with abundance.
• Venus rules attachments to others. It rules attractiveness both the ability to attract and attraction to others (and things).
• Venus energy is harmonious, and this is why people with Venus prominent in their charts are often peace-makers.
In Venus, we find a need to be appreciated and to appreciate. Venus rules, amongst other things, the arts, love and romance, beauty and the beautifying process, money, entertainment, leisure, sensuality, and comfort. When we are “acting out” our Venus, we compromise, make peace, love, and act with taste. On the negative side, we can be self-indulgent, self-centred, vain, and superficial.
Lessons of Mars
According to Vedic scriptures and astrology, Mars (Mangal in Sanskrit) is a celestial planet (Graha) that governs energy and power. The colour red of Mar gives it a fiery nature. Mars in a person’s natal chart bequeaths courage and confidence. Mars, the God of War, is the ruler of Aries. In astrology, Mars is the planet of energy, action, and desire. It is the survival instinct, and can be thought of as the "leftover" animal nature of man.
• Mars rules our animal instincts for aggression, anger, and survival. This is the planet of action rather than reaction.
• With Mars, there is no contemplation before action. The drive associated with Mars differs from that of the Sun in that it is self-assertion rather than assertion of the will; it is raw energy rather than creative energy.
• Mars rules our survival for stability in life.
• Those with malefic mars face lessons of instability in personal/Career/mind, till they learn how to cope up, face the circumstances in the face, release fears and understand how to stay stable.
Mars is the push that gets us out of bed in the morning, our drive and desire nature, and our active energy. When we are “acting out” our Mars, we are assertive, directed, forthright, and adventurous. On the negative side, we can be impulsive, rash, impatient, aggressive, and forceful.
Lessons of Rahu
In Vedic scriptures and astrology, Rahu is considered as a Shadow planet or Chayagraha or a node. It is also called Bhayanaka. It has a unique, overwhelming and predictable impact in an individual’s life. Rahu (as well as Ketu) is not a physical or observable heavenly body like all the other planets that form the Navagrahas and nor does it own any zodiac sign. Rahu is an imaginary point in the sky but because of its strong influence on human lives it has been given the status of a planet by ancient Rishis and sages. The movements of Rahu and Ketu are interrelated and as the parts of a same body they are always opposite to each other. Rahu has a greater significance in influencing an individual’s life.
Rahu is the head part of the celestial snake.
• Rahu takes people off their Dharmic past path to tempt them on the road of self-destruction. It creates fear of uncertainty, death and doom. However Rahu has a very definite purpose in doing so. It wants you to realise yourself as a indomitable spirit living as a human being.
• It wants you to learn, taste and feel everything so that from the full satiation of your senses you turn a new leaf on the path of self-realisation and find their true enlightenment.
Rahu on a physical plane gives you insatiable desire to achieve, to conquer. Once you have reached the pinnacle of achievement, you realise this success you have achieved has not brought with it happiness because you were in fact chasing an illusion. There are many cults in India which preach satiation of all your mundane and carnal desires so that we can learn the important lesson of fulfilment of all your desires do not give you the true happiness.
Lessons of Ketu
In the Vedic scriptures and astrology, Ketu is considered as a shadow planet or Chayagraha or a node that is positioned opposite to Rahu. The movements of Rahu and Ketu are interrelated and as the parts of the same body they are always opposite to each other. Rahu and Ketu represent the parts of the same demon with Ketu representing its tail. Ketu (like Rahu) is not a physical or observable heavenly body like all the other planets that form the Navagrahas; neither does it represent any zodiac sign. Ketu is an imaginary point in the sky but because of its spiritual influence on the human beings it has been given the status of a planet by ancient Rishis and sages. Ketu is the lower part of the celestial snake.
• Ketu causes great impediments in your paths. It sets up roadblocks, traffic jams, boulders in your journey of life.
• It creates fear of instability loss of support and fear of losing. It forces you to rethink about your existence as a soul rather than a body.
• It causes pain. It wants to change your psyche.
• You learn to leave your excess baggage of past Karma behind.
Travel lightly into your this existence so that you can understand there are areas of your life which need to address and some left behind. Those unable to harness the power of Ketu or understand its karmic path can be lead to a sorrowful existence. Sometimes it is difficult for any one do stand in the way of Ketu power. We need to accept and understand the divine plan which is part of our destiny and Ketu is doing its work to produce in you the enlightenment which would lead to true enlightenment and honour. The effect of the Ketu problems are like the going through the ritual of fire from which one comes out stronger more powerful to be able to take on the problems thrown at us.