The PlanetsThe planets are called grahas meaning "to grasp" as they influence our lives and create obstacles or support along the way.
Sun: Surya: •Cosmic masculine force. Rational Mind, Soul or Individual Ego in physical body. Father. Self-illuminating, Represents who we are meant to be, our potential, who we are becoming and our character.
Moon: Manas: •Cosmic feminine force. The Emotional Mind. Mother & Home. Personality. How we relate to others/society. Creative force
•Represents who we have been
Mars: Mangal: •Passion: governs outgoing emotions. Motivations & Courage & Accomplishments. Goal-oriented action. Science and logic. Violence & Accidents & Surgery. Unyielding
Mercury: Budha: •Intellect: Discernment. Messenger of the gods. Commerce, communication, speech. Reveals common humanity. Lower education. Technological Communications
Jupiter: Guru: •Guru: Spiritual teacher. Highest benefic. Signifies dharma: law of inner nature. Law, religion, philosophy. Planet of intelligence & creativity. Gives wealth, prosperity, and success •Signifies husband for a woman
Venus: Shukra: •Feminine spirit. Goddess of love & beauty. Refinement. Indicates wife in male chart. Art, poetry, music, dance. Quality and good taste. Vain, superficial, self-indulgent. Distracted by appearances
Saturn: Shani: •Highest malefic. Signifies death, disease, separation. Down and Out: Poverty. Isolation. Suffering that makes us grow. Shows us limitation. Teaches patience & discipline
Rahu: •Acts like Saturn. Energy directed outwards. Obsession and Blind Spot. Insanity, spirit possession. Poisons and drugs. Epidemics
Ketu: •Acts like Mars. Energy directed inward. What we have already conquered. Can free us of delusions. Psychic & Spiritual insight
The signs or Constellations (Rashis)Aries: Mars- Fire. Ram. Aggressive, competitive, initiative. Dynamic. Live in their heads- Headstrong. Develop new ideas
Key: use mind to discover truth, not to promote themselves
Taurus: Venus - Earth. Bull. Comfort, Beauty, Luxury. Strong sense of partnership. Stable & fixed in their ways. Slow to anger – Slow to forgive. Like to live in body and senses
Gemini: •Mercury – Air. Twins. Nervous, Restless, Agitated. Quickness and able to adapt. Exhaust themselves quickly. Love for knowledge. Hard to pin down and seen as unreliable or indecisive
Cancer: •Moon – Water. Friendly, sympathetic, caring, nurturing. Enjoying caring and cooking for friends. Shy, sensitive, emotional, cowardly. Intuitive and pick up on the emotions of others. Sociable
Leo: •Sun – Fire. Lion. Center of attention. Value honor, respect, prestige. Strong souls with good intelligence. Refined in manners. High standards for self. Noble Hearts
Virgo: •Mercury – Earth. Virgin. Practical side of knowledge. Exact about details. Prefer order and cleanliness. Possess factual memory. Prone to nervous disorders
Libra: •Venus – Air. The scales. Sensitive and humanitarian. Love of truth. Like fame and recognition. Attractive and charisma. Seek ideal harmony, and might cause disharmony in the process
Scorpio: Mars – Water. Scorpion. Mysterious sign. Intense, troubled, secretive, introverted. Physical side of mars: force & muscles. Explore depths of mind. See life as battle between light & darkness.
Sagittarius: Jupiter – Fire. Horse, Centaur, Archer. Manifestation of will in action. Expansive spirit. Lovers of nature. May be unable to see own limitations. Lucky
Capricorn: Saturn – Earth. Crocodile, Sea goat. Practical realization. Sons of farmers, sons of the earth. Hardworking, preserving, tenacious. Accomplishment. Strong mathematical sense
Aquarius: Saturn - Air. Pot of water or Water bearer. Most self-negative: guilt and blame. Do what told not to do. Take side of outcast. Water they bring is of truth
Pisces: Jupiter – Water. Fishes. Emotional. Expansive, intuitive, imaginative. Relation to variety of people. Like ceremony & ritual. With developed discrimination- can reflect creative joy of soul