Moon and lunar phases: Significance in Vedic Astrology
Nicknamed the Queen of the solar system, the Moon plays a vital role in Vedic Astrology. Despite the fact that it is a natural satellite of the Earth, the Moon is considered a planet in astrology owing to the strong impact it can have on the fate and fortune of human beings.
Its larger-than-life impact on the Earth has been scientifically proven by the fact that oceanic tides (high tide and low tide) swell or recede depending on the proximity of the Moon to the Earth.
For centuries now, astrologers have heavily relied on the position of the Moon to predict key phases in the lives of individuals. A person’s moon sign signifies emotional chemistry, which is how people respond emotionally to other people in addition to various situations. As humans, we are all emotional beings, and understanding our moon sign thus helps in better navigation of life as a whole.
Every individual’s birth chart will be influenced by all the astrological constellations (Aries, Leo, Cancer, etc) and the Moon, as it moves into each house, bears an effect on the emotions and moods of the individual. So, in the 28 days of the Lunar month or cycle, an individual’s emotional response to his/her surroundings will be influenced by the moon’s position in relation to the astrological constellation.
In Indian mythology
Indian scriptures, the Nrusingh Puran in particular, speak of the Moon as being a disciple of the planet Jupiter. The effervescent personality of the Moon swayed Jupiter’s wife Tara who was soon infatuated by the moon and began an illicit relationship, out of which the planet Mercury was born.
Importance in astrology
Considering its huge impact on human beings, the moon has an extremely vital role to play in Vedic Astrology and an individual’s moon sign can decipher a lot about personality, emotions, longings, et cetera.
In astrology, Lagna or ascendant is considered the most powerful house. Such is the importance of the Moon that there is a specific Lagna that is decided wholly by the position of the Moon. This is called the Chandra Lagna.
The extent of the Moon’s powerful presence in the horoscope can be seen from the fact that the own signs of other planets like Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are considered from the Sun and the Moon. Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are themselves signed anti-clockwise when accounted for from Leo, the house of the Sun, while it is done clockwise when calculated from the house of the Moon – Cancer.
This proves the significance of the Moon in Vedic Astrology and individuals interested in a detailed analysis can use a Moon Sign Calculator on the ClickAstro website.
Position of the Moon
The influence of the Moon on an individual’s horoscope varies based on its exact position in the astrological chart.
An Exalted Moon: An exalted Moon or what is commonly referred to as the most powerful position of the Moon in the birth chart occurs when it is in the Taurus house up to the 3rd degree. People born in this period often turn out to have a great level of intellect and creativity.
Going by the house the Moon is placed in, it is also considered to be most powerful if a planet owns the 9th house for Scorpion ascendant and is exalted in the 7th house in Kendra in Taurus.
The Moon is the 9th lord signifies a great deal of fortune combined with good fate. When the Moon in the 7th house of the birth chart is exalted, it is expected to rake in a great deal of wealth, and social status.
A Debilitated Moon: Debilitation of the moon occurs when it is positioned opposite Taurus, which is Scorpio. It gets worse if the Moon is then conjoined with a malefic planet like Rahu, Ketu or Saturn. A weak Moon in Scorpio is harmful as it is, but when it is afflicted by Rahu, Ketu or Saturn, the resulting effects are far worse. It could lead to a host of detrimental behaviors like various psychological disorders. Despite the negative effects of a debilitated moon, there can be some form of respite if it has the Neechabhanga Raja Yoga, which ensures a diminishing or cancellation of the debilitated planet. This could happen if the debilitated Moon is conjoined with planets like Jupiter or Venus (both regarded as auspicious planets).
An Afflicted Moon: The Moon plays a key role in Vedic Astrology and considering this status, it is imperative that it is not afflicted by malefic planets. Known to signify emotion or mentality, the Moon’s association with a negative force could affect the holistic well-being of individuals.
The moon forms a list of yogas – a combination of planets, a planet, and a house, or two houses. Here are a few important yogas formed by the Moon.
Sunafa Yoga: The Sunafa Yoga is an auspicious yoga that occurs when the planets are present in the 2nd house of the birth chart. With this yoga comes prosperity, intelligence, and content existence. The Sunafa Yoga will not bear fruit if the 2nd house has the presence of Rahu, Ketu, or the Sun.
Anafa Yoga: When planets, apart from Rahu, Ketu, or the Sun, are present in the 12th house of the birth chart, it signifies Anafa Yoga.
Individuals that benefit from Anafa Yoga are said to have a dynamic personality and end up being reputed with a certain amount of fame.
Different planets ensure different benefits are reaped by Anafa Yoga natives.
A powerful Moon signifies that the individual will have a vivid and creative imagination.
Success in the media field comes from Mercury having a strong presence.
If Mars is powerful, then the individual is more likely to be inclined towards the armed forces, sports et cetera.
Jupiter’s strength signifies success for the individual in the fields of banking, finance, or education.
Having Venus in a strong position will bear fruits in the fields of art and entertainment, while Saturn and the Sun help individuals achieve in the fields of engineering and administration respectively.
Gaja Kesari Yoga: This yoga is born out of the association between the Moon and Jupiter. This is a well-known planetary combination in Vedic Astrology, which combines the strength of an Elephant (Gaja) and a Lion (Kesari). Wisdom and fame come hand in hand with the Gaja Kesari Yoga.
Durudhara Yoga: If there is a planet, barring Rahu, Ketu, and the Sun, on either side of the Moon in the birth chart, then there is the presence of Durudhara Yoga. It also occurs when the individual has both Sunafa and Anafa Yoga. Such individuals are known to be wealthy, knowledgeable, spiritual, and content, among other desirable attributes.
Kemadrum Yoga: This is one of the more detrimental yogas formed in the Moon sign horoscope. When the Moon has no planets on either side, it leads to this inauspicious graha dosha in the birth chart.