L Which Gemstones to Wear Basic Rules

To determine which gemstones are best for a particular birth chart, we must first understand how to determine the status of planets in Vedic astrology as both 'natural' and 'temporal', benefics or malefics. Natural benefics are the Moon, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury. Natural malefics are the Sun, Mars, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu - as explained earlier in the book. 'Temporal benefics' are planets that rule good and helpful houses from the Ascendant like houses one, five and nine. 'Temporal malefics'...

Health Potentials of the Nakshatras

I will only give an introduction to the Nakshatras here as these will be the subject of a separate and more extensive study in an upcoming book. The Nakshatras are defined mainly in reference to the position of the Moon, which transits one Nakshatra a day, though they can be applied as well to the position of other planets. We can best under-stand the Nakshatras through examining them from three primary perspectives. The first perspective is relative to the nature of the signs that they are a...

The Signs and the Doshas

Vedic like Western astrology uses the twelve signs of the zodiac. However, in the Vedic system, the signs are a twelvefold division of the fixed stars, what is called a 'sidereal zodiac', not tropically based as is the case with the signs of western astrology based upon the equinoxes.16 The difference between the two systems, which coincided nearly two thousand years ago, is now around 24 degrees, with the point of the vernal equinox around 6 degrees of Pisces sidereally, moving backward toward...

Chakras and the Exaltation Points of the Planets

This relationship between the signs and the chakras also helps explain the exaltation of the planets. Jupiter is exalted in Cancer, the sign of the Moon and the head chakra. This shows the spiritual side of Jupiter and its function as the guru or guide, the teacher of the solar system. It is the point of maximum aspiration in life. Jupiter in the head center gives wisdom, peace and delight. Mercury is exalted in Virgo, its own sign, and is the planetary ruler of the throat chakra. This is the...

Planets and the Tissues of the Body

The influence of the planets extends to the tissues dhatus of the body as described in Ayurveda. As with the doshas, there is not a final one-to-one correlation to the planets but a number of important correlations. 1. PLASMA Rasa dhatu - The Moon's rulership over the water element in the body and Kapha dosha brings its influence to the plasma or basic bodily fluid as well. A strong Moon provides good hydration to the body, which is the main function of the plasma. Classical Vedic astrology...

Vedic Astrology and our Karmic Code

The soul can be defined as our 'karmic being' as opposed to our merely human personality, which is its mask. It carries our karmic propensities called samskaras from one body to another. Our karma, we could say, is the DNA of our soul. Just as the body has its particular genetic code, the soul has its particular 'karmic code'. The soul's karmic code is based upon the life patterns it has created the habits, tendencies, influences and desires it has set in motion over its many births. These...

Vedic Hymn to the Nine Planets Meditation on Ganesha

OMl We meditate upon the pervasive God adorned in white, who has the color of the Moon, with four arms, whose face is peaceful, for the removal of all obstacles. The invocation of the planetary deities, like that of any Hindu Gods and Goddesses, begins with the worship of Ganesha, the Elephant-headed God who grants skill and wisdom and removes any obstacles to the worship. As Ganesha is the lord of time, karma and calculation, he is also invoked as the main deity for Vedic astrology. Vedic...

3 Color Therapy and the Planets

Each planet relates to a certain color of the cosmic rays that serve to make up our auras or energy fields. The influence of each planet can be increased by exposure to its corresponding color, or decreased by exposure to opposite colors. Color therapy is particularly good for targeting emotional and psychological imbalances but can be used for physical diseases, particularly those involving the blood, nerves or reproductive system. Many fiery Pitta disorders (infections and inflammations) can...

Mantras for the Chakras and the Elements

LAM, VAM, RAM, YAM, HAM (all pronounced with a short vowel sound as the 'a' in the word 'father') are the bija mantras of the five great elements of earth, water, fire, air and ether and relate respectively to the five chakras from the root (Muladhara) to the Throat (Vishuddha). They strengthen their respective elements and chakras and can also be used for the planets connected to the elements. In addition, the mantra KSHAM rules the third eye or mind center and the mantra OM the crown chakra...

The Mantras of the Sanskrit Alphabet

The Sanskrit alphabet consists of fifty prime mantras, considered to be the 'mothers' or root powers behind the entire universe. They have special correspondences with the planets and signs as noted below.48 The Planets and the Sanskrit Alphabet 16 Sounds in the Head and Senses - Sun 16 Sounds in the Head and Senses - Sun 25 Sounds of the Trunk and Limbs - 5 Planets 25 Sounds of the Trunk and Limbs - 5 Planets The Sun relates to the vowels, which in Sanskrit are a group of sixteen. Vowels...

Ayurveda and the Three Bodies

Ayurveda has as its primary concern the right functioning of the physical body, showing how to correct the various imbalances that can arise within it. However, as the physical body is energized by the vital force and connected to the mind and to the soul, which is the ultimate source of life, Ayurveda considers impacts of the astral and causal bodies as well. In general, we could say that the physical body relates more to Kapha, the biological water humor of Ayurveda, because it is composed...