The Three Humors And The Four Elements

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Ayurveda employs three humors, which are essentially the same as the three elements of air, fire and water. Astrology uses the four elements, including the earth. Ayurveda tends to include the earth under the water-humor. Vedic astrology also contains a classification of planets by the three humors—

VATA/ AIR—SATURN, RAHU, MERCURY PITTA/ FIRE—SUN, MARS, KETU KAPHA/ WATER--MOON, VENUS, JUPITER

We can classify the distant planets similarly:

URANUS—VATA/ AIR (a higher octave of Mercury) PLUTO---PITTA/ FIRE (a higher octave Mars) NEPTUNE—KAPHA/ WATER (a higher octave of Venus)

Saturn and Rahu are most responsible for Vata (air) disorders. Mars and Ketu are most responsible for Pitta (fire) disorders. The Moon and Jupiter cause more Kapha (water disorders).

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