Moon or Chandra or Chandrama is a significant planet in Vedic rituals and beliefs and in Vedic astrology. It is the queen and the mother who is serene, calm, and soothing. Moon governs the mind of the individual, and those people who have a favorably placed Moon are bestowed with great intelligence and wit. A well-placed planet Moon in astrology also makes one a good reader and interpreter of the night sky and the nakshatras. The uniqueness of Vedic astrology rests on Dasa, Nakshatras, and Yogas, which are seen from the Moon. Yogas are seen through Lagna and other planets as well. Moon is of supreme significance as Vedic astrology considers the position of Moon at birth while determining the Rashi based on Lagna. This gives far more accurate and precise results. It also determines the intelligence of the individual. As a result, understanding the planet Moon in astrology becomes especially important—to know yourself more accurately and also to take your mind under control and move in the right direction.
VEDIC STORY ABOUT MOON
The birth of Chandra is related to the story of creation in Puranas. He was born of the tears of Sage Atri, who completed an extended meditation to facilitate creation. Upon the completion of the tapa, the tears that rolled down his cheek illuminated the world and filled it with pleasant qualities. The directions wished to bear those teardrops as a male child, but so potent was it that they could not bear it. Brahma finally took those teardrops and molded them into a beautiful man, who was then named Chandra.
Moon or Chandra, in Vedic belief and rituals, is represented as a man with many wives. He is said to have 27 wives and spends each night in one of the wives’ palaces. These 27 wives are the 27 nakshatras, and Chandra takes 27 nights to complete one lunar cycle. Of all the wives, Rohini is his favorite, and Moon is said to be exalted in Rohini Nakshatra in Taurus. Moon is also represented as a hare or rabbit for the same reason- he moves from one nakshatra to the other too quickly. The transit period of the Moon in astrology is the shortest. In the Vedas, there are 28 nakshatras, and the 28th nakshatra is known as Abhijeet. It is a male nakshatra, and the other nakshatras are females. Abhijeet is known as the brother of the female nakshatras and, in modern days, it is known as a fallen pole star.Moon is also believed to contain the Amrut Kalash, and when pleased with his devotees, he bestows upon them the nectar of immortality. Moon is also worshipped as the Soma Dev, who contains unique nectar. Soma is to be used on special occasions during Vedic sacrifices and helps people rise to a higher state of understanding and knowledge.In some other beliefs, Moon is maternal and fondly regarded as Chandrama. She is pleasant and soothing, and with her serenity and love, she dispels the fear of darkness from among the minds of the devotees. She also gives relief from sadness and sorrow, calms the senses of people, and helps cure people of mental illnesses. Chandra also has a very close relationship with Shiva, who is said to have rescued Moon from the curse of waning. Shiva bestowed upon Chandra the power to wane and wax alternately, and to this day, Moon, as a gesture of gratitude, adorns the head of Shiva as the celestial jewel. The 27 nakshatras are the daughters of Daksha and, during the marriage, he made a demand that the Moon should not be partial with any of the wives. The Moon could not keep his word and was partial to Rohini, so the other wives complained to the father, and the father cursed the Moon that he would lose his charm. The Moon got scared, and he approached Siva to remove this curse and Siva said he could not entirely remove the curse, but he can reverse it in a way that ensures that the Moon gains its charm for two weeks and the rest two weeks the Moon will lose the charm. Since the planet Sun was ever-present and constant, it signified permanence and immortality, while the Moon in astrology, with its waxing and waning cycle, became symbolic of mortality, change, birth and rebirth, and repetition.
MOON IN ASTROLOGY
Moon is the ruler of the 4th house and Cancer or Kark Rashi. Moon takes 27 days to travel all the signs by completing one circle of the zodiac wheel, so it has a transit period of 2 and half days in every sign. Moon has sattva guna and is benefic by nature. Moon’s direction is North West and the day is Monday. While offering worship or traveling in the North West, we are said to do so in the direction of the Moon. The color associated with Moon is white, and the gem associated is pearl or other white or transparent stones like diamonds. The metals associated with Moon are silver, bell metal, and any other metal with a silvery or white appearance. Moon has a salty taste. Moon finds its directional strength in the 4th house, and by extension, it has its directional weakness in the 10th house. The friendly planets of the Moon are Sun, Mars, and Jupiter. The Moon is in a neutral state with Venus and Mercury, while Saturn, Rahu and Ketu are said to be the enemies of the Moon. Amazingly, the Moon doesn’t see any planet as its enemies, but certain planets do see the Moon as friendly, neutral, or an enemy. The Mahadasha period of the Moon is of 10 years, and it rules over the Nakshatras (or Constellations of Rohini, Shravana, and Hasta).Moon is at an exalted state in Taurus at 5 degrees, while it is debilitated in Scorpio. The Mool Trikon sign of the Moon is Taurus. Since the Moon’s nature is water, it is especially beneficial for the water signs- that of Pisces, Scorpio, and Cancer. Moon is detrimental in Capricorn. The Moon is Kapha, i.e., watery by nature. It is cool and calm and an airy and windy planet. While Sun is paternal and masculine and is the natural father, Moon is maternal. Moon is assigned the female gender and is the natural mother. The relation that we share with our mother is largely determined by Moon’s position in our astrology charts.Moon, like the Sun, is illuminating and never goes retrograde. It acts as the link between the Sun and the other planets. It reflects the Sun’s rays to enlighten and illuminate the dark skies of the night. While Sun is our soul, Moon is our mind- it is our perception of our self. How we see ourselves and the world is primarily determined by the Moon, as it governs our critical thinking and mind. Moon lacks any basic nature of her own. When placed along with any other planet in a house, it takes on the properties of the other planet, and its action is mainly reflective. Moon signifies the mind, imagination and creative faculties, critical thinking, and analysis. An adversely placed Moon may result in afflictions of the mind, with people losing their mental or emotional stability rather too easily. Moon waxes and wanes and is fickle, and similarly, we often get fickle-minded and move from one emotion to the other very quickly. Moon in astrology is Vaishya by caste and thus represents trade and business, prosperity in business, money market, and the stock market.Moon is motherly and feminine; it nourishes and takes care. It is pure and nourishing like the mother. It is cool, serene, and beautiful. People with a favorably placed moon in astrology are calm and caring by nature, nourish others, and have a beautiful face. Those born in the ascendant Moon of the Rohini Nakshatra are beautiful to look at, and people get easily attracted to them. Moon also signifies home and the associated comforts. It is essential for a peaceful domestic life, family love, and comfort. Moon further signifies pregnancy and the menstrual cycle with its waxing and waning period of 27 days. It also represents the pleasures and sensuous features and is related to mists and flowers, and fragrances. If you take a keen interest in flowers and gardens, you likely have a strong Moon in astrology. In the human body, the Moon governs the mind, eyes, lungs, breast, and lactation. An adversely placed Moon may cause afflictions of the mind, weak eyesight, including night blindness, color blindness, or total blindness. Many people, under the influence of the Moon, take on corrective spectacles from an early age or have weak eyesight from birth itself. Problems like asthma or lung infections are common. Women with a poorly placed moon may also have difficult lactation and may even suffer from issues during childbirth.
MENTAL ATTRIBUTES OF MOON
The planet Moon in astrology is the reigning lord of the mind.
When the planet Moon is favorably placed in the astrology chart:
Moon signifies intelligence. A well-placed Moon in the natal chart results in an intelligent and smart individual. Moon also signifies memory, so such people are born with a sharp memory and great power of retention. They can perform well in student life as they are very good learners. Moon represents imagination and creativity. People with a well-placed planet Moon in astrology are extremely imaginative and can think out of the box and with good clarity of mind. As the mother, Moon is soft and tender. It nourishes and takes care. Those who are under the good influence of the Moon are very caring by nature and often take on the role of mother for the people around them. People who have a strong Moon are very compassionate. They feel for others and want to help them out in their difficulties. Moon in astrology drives compassion in beings. Moon is also the planet for healing and nourishment. When faced with difficult emotional situations, a strong Moon helps heal the mental scars that one might have had.
When the planetMoon is adversely placed in the astrology chart:
A weak Moon or one that is adversely placed results in mental issues. Such people may develop an unstable mind. They might soon lose sanity if not taken care of properly. An adversely placed Moon also causes depression and even suicidal tendencies. These people remain sad for the greater part and do not have an optimistic approach. They often focus on the downside of things and tend to develop depression easily.
Lack of concentration and difficulty in remembering events are also common when the Moon is ill-placed in the astrology chart. Students are especially afflicted owing to this tendency of Moon, and they may perform poorly in academics. In the later years of life, such people may also develop Alzheimer’s. People with an adversely placed Moon are fickle-minded. They keep switching their opinions very easily and rarely remain firm on their stand. Whenever they find a new opinion, they get attracted to it and switch their belief. A badly placed Moon also causes a lack of compassion and sympathy for others. While they need not be necessarily bad, they might not help others easily in their time of need. Extreme imagination and living in a world of fantasies built by the mind is another issue that arises when the influence of the Moon in astrology is too strong to be benign. They are daydreamers who think and dream about themselves and their future a lot but hardly do anything to turn their dreams into reality. They remain lazy and do not approach anything that will require them to put in their efforts. People with a badly placed planet Moon in astrology develop several personality-related disorders, including split or bipolar personality. Mental disorders are extremely common with such people.