2 The Nine Planetary Types

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The nine planetary types are more specific than the three Ayurvedic types and can be used to expand them. Sun, Mars and Ketu types are usually Pitta in terms of Ayurveda, but in slightly different ways. Moon, Jupiter and Venus types are usually Kapha. Saturn, Mercury and Rahu types are usually Vata. But these doshic connections are only general and exceptions do exist. In some individuals, also, two or three planets may be relatively equal in strength, in which case their delineations should be modified accordingly.

For determining the planetary type, Vedic astrology emphasizes the dominant planet in the chart, particularly relative to the Ascendant which relates to the body and the overall personality. While this often is the ruler of the Ascendant, it is not always the case, particularly if another planet aspects both the Ascendant and its lord. Aspects to the Moon and its lord, final dispositorship and other factors also come into play.

The tenth house is also important because it marks the career and social projection of a person. Note the astrological factors discussed under each planetary type below and the sample charts in Part III for more information.

Sun Types

The Sun represents the positive or balanced side of fire energy, Agni and Pitta. Sun type individuals are usually the most healthy of all because their strong fire energy affords them good digestion, good circulation and the ability to burn away any toxins or pathogens that might cause disease. They have strong immune systems and seldom come down with anything severe.

The influence of the Sun is most evidence in their face and head, with their complexion bright, golden or reddish in tinge. Their eyes are lustrous, perceptive or full of light. Usually they are of moderate build with good muscles and they seldom become overweight or underweight. Sun types can have a secondary Vata dosha, however, as they run a bit on the dry side.

Sun types suffer from heat and so do better with cool foods and cool climates. Though they like sunshine, they can suffer from too much direct exposure to the Sun. Their main health danger is through overwork, overheating themselves, or through trying to take responsibility for everything. This can give them heart problems or stomach problems (ulcers), pushing the solar energy in their bodies beyond its healthy limits. Sun types like to have children but are not usually happy with them. Their standards are too high and their children tend to revolt against them or disappoint them.

Psychologically, Sun types are compelling, dominant and king-like or queen-like, characterized by a strong will and determined vital energy. They are independent, regal, proud, and sometimes vain. They have strong emotions, generally of a personal nature, but are seldom overcome by them. They like to be leaders and authorities, naturally gaining power over others and often excelling in politics. They prefer to be the bestower of light and may turn others into their satellites. They are highly perceptive, critical, and can probe deeply into things. They can make good scientists or psychologists and develop new insights.

Usually Sun types have a philosophical or religious disposition and are ethical in their actions. Their higher interests come out more strongly later in life, when they often become contemplative. In youth they are largely people of action rather than words and command a strong presence in the world. There is something noble or aristocratic about them and they like to associate with people and projects of principle and value.

Yet if defeated in life, Sun types can fall quickly just like the setting Sun. Their death is often sudden, most commonly by heart attack. Once their period of success is over and they are no longer in the limelight, they easily suffer from loneliness and regret, unless they learn to turn within, which is also within their capacity.

Astrological Factors

Sun types are created when the Sun is strongly placed in the chart. This can occur when the Sun is located in the Ascendant or in other angular houses (especially the tenth), particularly if it is also placed in its own sign (Leo) or sign of exaltation (Aries). Leo ascendants are usually solar types unless some other planet dominates both the Ascendant and its lord the Sun.

Other planets located along with the Sun or in the Leo, the Sun's sign, are contributing factors for creating solar types. The Sun's aspect on the Ascendant and its lord is another important consideration. Planets located with the Sun are generally overpowered by it and give it more strength with the exceptions of Ketu and Saturn, which can weaken it.

Moon Types

Moon type individuals are dominated by the water element and Kapha dosha in both their build and in their behavior. They have round attractive moonlike faces as well as round, well-developed bodies. Their complexion is usually fair or whitish in tinge, and the whites of their eyes are pronounced. They possess an abundance of vital fluids and tend to have thick, shiny oily hair. With age Moon types tend to become heavier and put on weight and water. This often happens after the birth of the first child in the case of women or after the age of forty.

Moon types run cold and damp and easily accumulate phlegm and mucus. They have strong lungs and good voices but easily suffer from congestion. They can develop water retention (edema), particularly in the thighs and feet. Usually they live long and are healthy overall, but often have some continual though fluctuating minor health problems. They may be prone to laziness Or excessive sleep that weakens their health.

Moon types like to take a maternal role, functioning in a loving, caring, nurturing and helpful role for others. They are loyal, dependent and responsive, making good friends and marriage partners. They are often good cooks and frequently are domestically oriented. Their life is often centered in human interaction, though this may extend from the family to the nation as in the case of Moon type politicians.

Once they overcome their basic shyness and learn to relate on a public level, Moon types can succeed socially and become sensitive leaders who can influence the masses. This is particularly true if there is some Saturn influence on the Moon. For women, such a publicly oriented Moon can turn her into something of a matriarch.

Psychologically, Moon types are emotional, sensitive and changeable like the Moon itself. They are romantic and sentimental and can cry easily. Though easily hurt, they easily forgive and forget. Yet their emotional sensitivity is not always sensitivity to the emotions of others and they may be so caught in their own responses that they cannot really sense what others are feeling. Their emotional force may provide them artistic talent, particularly for public performances, but also good expression, including through poetry.

Higher Moon types have psychic and spiritual abilities, with spiritual devotion and contemplative powers. They can be healers, psychics and mystics owing to their power of empathy. However, if the Moon is disturbed in the chart (as under joint Saturn-Mars influence or with Rahu) emotional turbulence can be indicated, including psychological derangements.

Moon types have a secondary Vata dosha, which contributes to their emotional changeability. As the Moon is an important astrological factor in itself, second only to the Ascendant, there are also different Moon sign types relative to the signs in which the Moon is located, which we will discuss in the chapter on 'Vedic Astrology and Psychology'.

Astrological Factors

Moon types are created by a strong Moon in the chart, which most commonly occurs when the Moon is located in the Ascendant or in other angular houses, particularly if it is also placed in its own sign (Cancer) or sign of exaltation (Taurus). Cancer Ascendants are generally Moon types, unless another planet dominates the Moon, such as often occurs when the Sun is also in Cancer. The Moon's aspect on the Ascendant and it^lord can make the person into a Moon type as well. The Moon in conjunction with Jupiter or in an angle from it also contributes strength to the Moon.

Note that the Moon should be a good distance from the Sun in order to have its full strength. The full Moon in particular is common in the charts of Moon types, particularly if it is also located in earth or water signs or in angles.

Mars Types

Mars represents the negative side of Pitta dosha and the fire element, which affords Mars types a predisposition for excesses and for diseases of a fiery nature. While Sun types run hot and dry and maintain a good digestive power, Mars types combine heat and dampness, which weakens their digestion and makes them prone to infectious diseases. They suffer from excess bile and acid. Their blood runs hot and they easily accumulate toxins. Owing to this dampness in their systems, Mars types have a secondary Kapha dosha or water element that can come out in some circumstances.

Mars types have moderate builds with good muscles. Often their features are angular or sharp (Martian, masculine or even militant). Their circulation is good and their complexion tends to be red with oily skin and they bruise or bleed easily. Their eyes are piercing but light sensitive and easily get inflamed. Their appetite and thirst are strong but they tend towards loose stool or diarrhea.

Mars types possess a strong energy and have periods of very good health. Their diseases, which are usually acute, arise more from bad living habits than from an inherently weak constitution. They suffer physically from alcohol, cigarettes, meat, hot spices, oily and fried foods, overdrinking and overeating. Usually their liver is their weakest organ and they tend towards hepatitis, cirrhosis and hypertension. Mars types are also the most prone to injuries, accidents and traumatic diseases, often from their own rashness or aggressive behavior. They may have surgeries or have organs removed (particularly if Mars combines with Saturn).

Psychologically, Mars types are perceptive, critical and argumentative. They are bold, daring and adventurous and make good debaters, speakers, and lawyers. Their sense of logic is strong but can follow their anger more than their real sense of justice. They love to win and hate to lose. Psychologically, they harm themselves with anger, jealousy and hatred.

Mars types, however, are very loyal to their friends and like to form alliances, though usually formed in response to some external threat

or opposition. They work better in disciplined groups and like hierarchy and authority. They have strong passions and are very possessive. Their sexual energy is powerful but not always refined. They tend to overindulge and burn themselves out.

Mars types possess a good sense of mechanics and often make good scientists, researchers and workers with machines, tools and weapons. They do well in the legal, military and police fields. Medicine, like surgery, and psychology, can also be within their domains.

A higher Mars type also exists. This is the highly perceptive and self-disciplined yogi, the spiritual warrior. These higher Mars types can be highly austere. They know how to control their minds, and possess a strong will towards transformation.

Astrological Factors

Mars types are created by a strong Mars in the chart, like Mars located in the Ascendant or in other angular houses (Mars does well in the tenth house), particularly if it is also placed in its own sign (Aries or Scorpio) or sign of exaltation (Capricorn). Mars ruled Ascendants (Aries and Scorpio) usually create Mars types, unless another planet dominates both Mars and the Ascendant. Aries or Scorpio Moon or Sun signs are contributing factors, as is the aspect of Mars on the Ascendant and its lord.

Since Mars has special aspects on the signs fourth and eighth from it, these also must be carefully weighed. As the sixth house is the house of disease, Mars posited here has an effect by location on disease and by aspect on the body as a whole through the Ascendant. A combust Mars usually imparts a Mars energy and contributes to Pitta in the constitution but not always in a healthy manner.

Mercury Types

Mercury types are usually intellectual, or at least communicative, in their disposition with sensitive nervous and digestive systems. The influence of Mercury is more mental than physical but a Mercury physical type does exist. Mercury types tend to be taller or shorter than average, thin in build and generally attractive (a more harmonious Vata type). They are often youthful in looks and facial features, or have a changeable (Mercurial) appearance and expression.

Mercury types represent the healthier side of Vata dosha. Their skin and other bodily secretions are moister than other Vata types, which tend to be dry. They run on the cool side and have sensitive lungs. They are susceptible to allergies, hay fever and bronchial disorders. Their heart is also sensitive and they are prone to palpitations.

Mercury types possess good prana or life-energy, live long, and have a certain glow about them. They are often athletic and make good runners or basketball players but their endurance is not always high. Commonly they are athletic when young but shift over to becoming more intellectual when older.

Psychologically, Mercury types possess quick minds, a good sense of information, and fluent powers of speech. They are congenial and compassionate, with a good sense of relationship and interchange. They are usually friendly and talkative but can be introverted from ah excess of thinking. Their emotions are similarly quick, changeable and easily affected by their environment, but overall they are happy, enthusiastic and driven by curiosity. They are witty and have a good sense of humor.

Relative to career proclivities, Mercury types excel at languages and at statistics, though they may get caught in trivia. They are helpful and service oriented and can be comfortable with background or dependent roles. They make good secretaries, teachers and writers. They work well in the mass media and make good moderators and interviewers. They often have special powers of acting and are good at imitation..

Mercury types are good at business, trade and commerce and like to keep their accounts in order. With their strong sense of consideration and their desire to create harmony, they can become excellent doctors and nurses. They love nature, particularly plants and are good at gardening. They have a refined sense of taste, which can be expressed through poetry, music or design. They are often interested in Yoga, mantra and other tools for improving their minds. While not specifically spiritual in orientation, they have an inquisitive nature that if directed toward the spiritual path can take them far.

Astrobgical Factors

As Mercury is a mutable planet it easily takes on the nature of the planets that it is associated with, making it hard at times to determine how strong Mercury actually is in the chart.

Generally, Mercury types are created by a strongly placed Mercury in the chart, such as occurs when, Mercury is located in the Ascendant or in other angular houses, particularly if it is also placed in its own sign (Gemini or Virgo) or sign of exaltation (Virgo). Mercury ruled Ascendants (Gemini and Virgo) usually create Mercury types, unless another planet dominates both Mercury and the Ascendant. Gemini or Virgo Moon or Sun signs are contributing factors. The aspect of Mercury upon both the Ascendant and its lord is most important as well.

Mercury is not as much influenced by proximity to the Sun as other planets because it is never far from it. Mercury with the Sun in a sign of Mercury or in other air and earth signs will usually make Mercury even stronger.

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