Planet Moon

According to Vedic scriptures and astrology, Moon (‘Chandra’ or ‘Soma’ in Sanskrit) is a celestial planet (Graha) that governs the basic habits, behaviors, 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 life on Earth is sustained by the luminaries, Sun and Moon. As per Vedic astrology the Sun governs the soul and the Moon governs our emotions and feelings. Moon is our ‘Mann’ or feelings that play a pivotal role in keeping the relationships with other stable. It is considered tender by nature, and signifies beauty and love.

As per the Vedic system of astrology, Moon is associated with functionalities of the mind and is naturally benefic. The position of Moon in a person’s natal chart along with its alignment with Jupiter or other benefic planets determines an individual’s prosperity in life. The planet Jupiter (Barahaspati) denotes wealth and hence the perfect alignment of these two planets (Jupiter and Moon) in a person’s horoscope blesses him/her with wealth and prosperity.

Even though Moon is one of the smallest planets, its close proximity with Earth has a huge effect on the humans. Its direct effect is felt by females as their menstrual periods are dictated by the different phases and movement of the Moon. In the ancient mythology, the Moon is considered to be auspicious and hence special fasts are observed to appease the planet.

The element of Moon is water as it is the element of feelings and sensation. Water is the most impressionable of all elements. A positive Moon represents happiness, enthusiasm and peace of mind, whereas an afflicted or negative Moon leads to fears, stress, pessimism, depression and suicidal tendency.

Astrological Significance of Moon

In our horoscope, the placement of Moon sign is the second most important aspect after the Sun. In Vedic astrology, separate natal charts are prepared using Moon as an Ascendant or the rising sign. In Hindu astrology it holds extraordinary importance as major and sub-periods are based on the Chandra Nakshatras. In astrology, a person’s personality is usually determined as per the Sun sign as it is convenient and easy to find. As the Moon keeps changing signs every two and a half days it is difficult to pinpoint its location the moment a person was born. The position of Moon when a person was born determines his/her interior life. The position of Moon in the natal chart is required to explain why two people with the same Sun sign have different characteristics. If a person’s Sun and Moon are in the same sign then it amplifies the characteristics of that particular sign.

The Moon determines the following traits:

Lessons The Moon Teaches:

In the Vedic astrology, Moon is the ruler of Cancer. This planet characterizes our inmost personal needs, our basic behavior and responses and our unconsciousness. It is said that the Sun acts while the Moon reacts; the Sun is rational whereas the Moon is irrational. The Moon dictates our following traits:

Worship of Moon and Ruling God

The ruling deities of Moon are Parvati, Shree Krishna, Mahamrityunjaya Shiva and Kamadeva. It is known that Krishna was born in the lunar month of Sravana on Krishna Paksha Ashtami at midnight with the rising and lunar constellation being Rohini.

Chakra Significance

Moon governs our Swadhisthana Chakra which is associated with human emotions and unconsciousness. The Swadhisthana Chakra determines the nature of our relationships, sexuality, pleasure and nurturance. It connects us to our inner source of inspiration which helps us connect ourselves with the outer beauty. A balanced Swadhisthana chakra or a benefic Moon has the same effect on a human being; they both make you fearless and secure in nature. A blocked Swadhisthana chakra affects the sexual organs, kidneys, bladder and large intestine.

Chandra In Ancient Mythologies

The Dark Spot of the Moon/The Waxing and Waning of Moon:

Lord Ganesha is renowned for having a sweet tooth and a mischievous nature. Once when one of his devotees offered him sweets, he was so pleased that he stayed there the entire day eating them. At night Ganesha gathered the remaining sweets and walked home.

On the way he stumbled and fell, scattering the sweets and tearing his dress. Unfortunately for him Chandra Deva witnessed the whole event and started laughing hysterically. In those days the Moon was full all through the month as there was no waxing or waning period. Chandra Deva was contemptuous due to his personal beauty and thought that Ganesha with his pot belly and elephant head was funny looking. Annoyed by Chandra’s arrogance Lord Ganesha cursed Chandra to disappear from the sky forever.

Chandra, realizing his mistake and scared by the severe punishment started begging Ganesha for forgiveness. Ganesha being the Lord of forgiveness tells Chandra that the curse cannot be reversed and can be lessened. He said that Chandra will gradually reduce his appearance and will disappear from the sky for only one day of the month. After the new moon day he shall gradually increase in size and illumination and on the fifteenth day he shall shine the brightest.

Another legend from the above story is that Ganesha was angered by Chandra’s ridicule thath broke one of his tusks and threw at Chandra thus resulting in the dark spot on the Moon. He also forbade his devotees from beholding the Moon during Ganesh Chaturthi.

Chandra is also infamous for having a string of disastrous love affairs, the most disreputable being his affair with Tara, the wife of his guru Brihaspati (Jupiter). The offspring from this union is Budha (Planet Mercury) who hates his father because of how he was conceived. Lord Brahma exiled Chandra to the outer space for his sin of having an affair with another man’s wife and proscribed all Brahmins from consuming Soma or intoxicants (to lead a righteous life).

Later Chandra set out to marry the twenty-seven daughters of Daksha, the Manasaputra of Lord Brahma. Daksha set forth the condition that Chandra would love all his daughters equally without favoring any one above the rest. However Chandra failed to keep his promise as he grew overly fond of Rohini. Daksha cursed Him to lose His luster. It was only after repentance that Chandra regained His sheen. This cycle of losing and recovering His shine is reflected as the waxing and waning of the moon.

Day Monday
Direction North-West
Numerological number 2
Significant Chakra Swadhisthana chakra
Cosmic Color White
Nature Tender and peaceful
Special features Beautiful round face
Metal Silver
Precious Stone Pearl
Vimshottari Mahadasha period 10 years
Benefic Moon Good relations, Creativity, Prosperity & wealth
Malefic Moon High temper and jealous nature
Representation Mother
Body parts ruled Sexual organs, fluids of body, intestines
Diseases given by Moon Tension, depression, tiredness, cancer, digestive and skin problems

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