How planets influence the education of your child

Hello readers! You may know that traditionally, Vijayadashami has been considered the best time to start the education of the child. Like with everything else in life, education too is influenced by the actions of planets and houses in Vedic astrology. Knowing the positions of the planets in the horoscope of your child will help you know in advance how he or she is going to fare at school. Remember, education is not just about scoring top marks in examinations; an education horoscope is about realizing the child’s skill set and putting them to maximum productive use. It is the most crucial step in parenting. Ensuring the proper education is the biggest thing you can do for your child and the nation. For this, an education horoscope would be of immense help.

How do I know about my education from astrology?

In our constant strive towards a better quality lifestyle, a concern exists within every child and parent about choosing the correct stream of education for a better future. It is through examination that a student gains confidence, knowledge, and wisdom in life. An examination is the base of the Hindu education system. In Hinduism, Goddess Saraswati is worshipped as the goddess of education, knowledge and wisdom. This Saraswati Mantra, if duly chanted, is very helpful and important for a student:

Om Saraswateya Vidhmahe Brahmaputreya Dhimahi | Tanno Devi Prachodayata ||

Although there’s no shortcut to hard work, various factors such as the houses, lords of the houses, planets and their aspects all come into play when considering the prospective success that education will bring to the native. All of this can only be revealed by a deep analysis of the Kundali or the horoscope of the native.

Which house represents education?

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The education prospects of a person rest largely on the 2nd house, the 4th house, the 5th house and the 9th house. The 8th house is also sometimes analysed in an education horoscope. The only condition that is to be required for success in education is that the concerned house, its lord and the significator planet should be in a good state.

The 2nd house represents education and early childhood. A malefic influence on this house or its lord may lead to problems in early-age education. If left unchecked, this may even lead to a complete break in the education of the child. Any ‘dusthana’ presence results in bad effects.

The 4th house plays an important role in the education prospects of a person. The 4th house represents the mind and mental stability. This house reflects the capability of learning or grasping anything quickly and correctly. It is believed that around 50% of the whole grasping power of an individual depends on the strength of this house and its lord. If both are exalted, strong or well influenced, due mental strength and good grasping power will be blessed on the native.

However, if the house or lord or both come under the bad influence in the form of planets or other houses, then the person may experience disappointment and failure in education due to poor grasping power and a restless mind. The intensity of this impact will depend on the intensity of the planet or house in question. In the backdrop of modern education, the 4th house represents education till the school level.

The 5th house in the horoscope represents all the memory power and over 50% of the grasping power of an individual. The 4th and 5th house combined control all the grasping power of a person. On the strength of these two houses and their lords, it can be decided whether the person can grasp anything very quickly or not. A strong 5th house is necessary for one to pass high school and go for further studies. The 5th house represents the analytical power of the person. A student with a strong 5th house can do well in any situation. It gives a person the ability to make the right decision at the right time. The 5th house also represents intelligence and logic.

The 9th house represents higher education in Vedic astrology. Here, higher studies mean studies beyond bachelor programmes. The 9th house is also the house of religion and spirituality. Additionally, the 8th house in astrology is the house that denotes education which is not related to mainstream or conventional. Students and youth who get attracted to offbeat and occult streams of science are most likely to have a strong 8th house in their horoscope.

A planet present in the 10th house directly aspects the 4th house. Also, the planets in the 11th house aspect the 5th house resulting in a strong impact on the field of choice in education. The presence of malefic planets in the 10th and 11th houses indicate hurdles in getting an education, while the presence of benefic planets represents getting a good education.

Which planet is responsible for a good education?

The houses in your natal chart, that have significant a role to play in the education prospects of a person, are occupied by any of the nine planets in Vedic astrology. Their placement in education-related houses has a strong bearing on the education and learning prospects of a person. The key planets that influence education prospects are – Mercury, Jupiter, Sun, Moon and Mars.

Mercury signifies learning and literature skills. A strong and exhilarated Mercury bestows the power of concentration on the person, along with the ability to make sense of what is being taught. Mercury under the influence of the Sun and Mars gives one a strong grasp of mathematics. If it is Sun and Ketu, then the native will develop a taste for engineering subjects.

A strong 5th lord in a Mercury sign, which is Gemini of Virgo, means the person will be successful as a student. Mercury placed in a malefic house – 6th, 8th or 12th – brings hurdles in education. Mercury and Venus combined will make a person eloquent with the power of expression over both verbal and written communication. Mercury in the 3rd house for Aries and Cancer signifies good higher education. Mercury in the 4th house gives success in foreign education. Mercury in the 10th house signifies academic achievements. For Virgos, Mercury in the 8th house points at name, fame, success and distinction. A cluster of planets in Mercury-owned signs will result in disturbance in studies due to family matters.

Jupiter is the lord of knowledge and wisdom.

Jupiter gives knowledge that is supreme and divine. As the karaka of wisdom, Jupiter gives education that is holistic and spiritual in approach. A strong Jupiter in the natal chart means the person is likely to pursue knowledge at the highest level. Jupiter aspecting on Mercury results in a smooth and meritorious educational course.

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Jupiter and Mercury in the 2nd house mean the person will have strong skills to analyse and deduct. Jupiter in the 9th house, which is owned by Jupiter, means higher education in a foreign land. Jupiter in the 10th house bestows high honours and positions upon the native as a result of increased wisdom and knowledge.

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The Sun is the planet of ego and authority. A strong sun means the person will earn status and position through education. In association with Mercury, the Sun gives intelligence and a scientific mind. The Sun and Mercury in the 2nd house bestow talent for language and literature upon the person.

The Moon represents the mind and emotions. A strong Moon means a sane mind which can apply focus and develop an interest in education. A strong Moon with Mercury bestows an active mind with good intellect and sharp memory. Such a person will be astute with a gift for logical communication.

A strong Mars is required for the discipline and the willingness for sacrifice required in one’s educational pursuit. Mars gives the ability to deal with facts and figures. A favourable Mars blesses the person with an alert mind to study well. Mars and Mercury combined will give one a sharp mind but may also make him/her a rebel with contempt towards the traditional system of education.

Which is the best combination for studies?

To get success in studies Jupiter, Mercury, Venus and Ketu have to be in a good position. From the 2nd house, the primary education of a child is assessed. The 4th house is for the analysis of senior secondary classes while the 5th house is for the assessment of graduation. The 9th house signifies higher education.

If the 5th and 9th lords are connected, it leads to Parivartan Yoga where the person is blessed with academic excellence and receives great respect and recognition in society. If the lord of the 9th is placed in the 5th house, then the person would excel in writing and will possess abundant wealth.

If the 4th lord and 12th lord are connected with the 5th lord then the person will travel abroad for foreign education and settle there. If the 5th, 9th, and 12th houses are connected, the person will go abroad for education but will return home.

Remedies for good education

Putting up green curtains in the study room will improve the influence of planet Mercury resulting in greater concentration and stronger memory. Reciting Saraswati Beej Mantra (Om Shreem Hreem Saraswati-Ya Namaha) 21 times before studying will help to attain the divine blessings of Devi Saraswati, the goddess of education and wisdom. Placing the idol of Devi Saraswati in the study room would also be beneficial.

Combining roli, sugar and rose petals and storing them in a copper container will help to attain the blessings of the Sun. Donating something red-coloured to the needy and poor and having food with little or no salt on Sundays will improve chances for educational success. Recite the Gayatri mantra 21 times every day. Having one teaspoon of tulsi juice (basil) with honey every day before breakfast will increase memory power.

Heavy furniture has no place in a study room. Offering green moong seeds, cardamom seeds and dhruva wrapped in a green cloth to Lord Ganesha every Wednesday will help to overcome the ill effects and negative influence of Mercury. Sit facing the East direction while studying. This will help the person to be calm and composed with positive thoughts in the mind. This will also help in increasing concentration. Placing the study desk in the north, east or northeast direction will ensure the flow of positive energy in the room.

Recite the mantra ‘guru grehgayepadhaanraghuraee, alp kaal vidya sab pai’ 108 times every Wednesday. While sleeping, make sure the head is facing South or East. Wearing a small square piece of copper in a long chain is also effective in improving educational prospects.

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