The heavenly objects that influences human fate is called a planet. Although moon is a natural satellite, it is considered as planet as it directly impacts human fate and fortune.
Since, we have studied in the science that the oceanic water gets swelled during the full moon due to the influence of the Moon. It generally happens when the Moon is closer to the earth.
Similarly, it has got effect on the human body and mind. In this article, I would like to discuss all about moon and its significance in the field of Vedic astrology.
Moon in astronomy
Moon is an astronomical body that orbits around the earth. The Moon is the only natural satellite of the earth. It is the 5th largest satellite in the solar system.
The moon is believed to be born 4.5 million years ago. Hence, the birth of the moon has taken place soon after the birth of the earth.
The popular explanation says that the moon has taken its birth out of the debris due to the impact of the planet Mars and earth.
The moon is full of craters and having no water. Hence, it is not suitable for the human habitation.
Moon has a great significance in the Hindu mythology. As per the Nrusingh Puran, It is said that the Moon is the disciple of the Jupiter (Guru or Brihaspati). The Moon (Chandra used to go to the Jupiter for his education. Chandra was very handsome. Hence, Tara the wife of the Jupiter got infatuated by the personality of the Moon.
Hence, Tara and Moon developed illicit relationship. As a result, the planet Mercury (Budh ) took birth. The planet Jupiter got angry with this and cursed Mercury to be eunuch. That is why; the planet Mercury is called eunuch planet.
The planet Moon has got emotional attachment with the mom and kids. It is lovingly called Chandmama. There are many rhymes pertaining to Moon for the mischievous and inconsolable child. The rhymes have got a great impact for solacing the kids.
The moon is called a planet in the astrology as it has got impact on human being and all living beings. The moon is considered to be the most important planet in the birth chart according to Vedic astrology.
The ascendant or Lagna is the most powerful house in the horoscope. The moon plays a significant role in the field of astrology while predicting human fate. Moon is so important that the horoscope is considered from the Moon also. This is called Chandra Lagna.
I am going to set an example as to why the planet Moon is powerful in the Vedic astrology. If the planet Sun is considered as the king, the moon is considered as queen. Because the own sign of the planets are taken into account from Sun and Moon.
The planet Sun owns its house in Leo, while Moon is own signed in Cancer.
The planet Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn is own signed anticlock wise from Leo the house of Sun. While all these planets are own signed clockwise from Cancer the sign of Moon.
Hence, it is apparent that the Moon has got a great significance in the field of Indian astrology.
The planet Moon is exalted in the Taurus till 3 degree. The exalted moon is considered to be the most powerful moon in the birth chart.
It makes the person highly imaginative and creative. The result of the Moon should be considered from the house it is placed.
If the planet owns the 9th house for scorpion ascendant and gets exalted in the Taurus in the 7th house in Kendra, the moon is considered to be the most powerful. The planet Moon is the 9th lord that signifies fate and fortune. It brings money, wealth and social status when it is exalted in the 7th house.
The planet Moon gets debilitated in Scorpio that is just opposite to Taurus. If the planet moon is debilitated in the chart and conjoined with malefic planet, then it is a bad symbol.
The weak Moon in scorpio can be harmful many ways. If the planet Moon is afflicted by the malefic planet such as Rahu, Ketu and Saturn, then it can bring psychological disorder, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, migraine, madness, forgetfulness, lack of taking decision etc.
However, the moon can be beneficial if it has Neech Bhang Yoga. The Moon can also bring good result if it is conjoined with auspicious planets like Jupiter and Venus. This needs to be thoroughly computed by a wise astrologer.
Since moon plays an imperative role in the Vedic astrology, it is very important that Moon is not afflicted by malefic planets. The moon signifies mind or mentality. Hence, affliction of Moon will directly affect your brain. This will eventually affect your imagination, career, profession and whole life. So, it is pertinent to consult an astrologer as to the strength of the Moon.
Yogas formed by moon
There are many yogas formed by Moon. Here is a small list of yogas formed by Moon.
Sunafa is an auspicious and powerful yoga that takes place when there are planets in the 2nd house in the chart (except Rahu, Ketu and Sun).
This is a very powerful yoga in Hindu predictive astrology. This yoga makes the person intelligent, prosperous, sanguine and blissful.
The person becomes a self-made person and gets success by virtue of personal merit and effort.
Anafa yoga is created when there are planets in the 12th house in the Kundli (except Rahu, Ketu and Sun).
The person with Anafa yoga will have dynamic and magnetic personality. He will get support from both political and bureaucratic officers. The Anafa yoga brings fame and reputation to the native.
If the planet Moon is powerful, the native can do well in the field that requires fertile imagination. If the planet Mars is powerful the native will do well in defense, police and sports. If planet Mercury is powerful the native will be success full as a media professional.
If planet Jupiter is strong then the native will do well in banking, finance, insurance and education. If Venus is powerful the native will have achievement in art and entertainment.
If planet Saturn is powerful the native will perform well in mining, machinery and engineering.
If planet Sun is strong the native will do well as an administrator.
Gaja Kesari yoga
Gaja Kesari yoga is a well known planetary combination in the vedic astrology. Gaja means elephant and Kesari means lion. Hence, it brings the power of elephant and lion.
The person belongs to Gaja kesari yoga becomes famous, wise and a great speaker.
This auspicious yoga happens when the planet Moon and Jupiter are posited in the Kendra from each other.
Durudhara yoga happens when there are planets (except Sun, Rahu and Ketu) either side of the Moon. It means also when the native has both Sunafa and Anafa yoga in the chart, the Durudhara yoga is automatically formed.
The person with Durudhara yoga is confident, courageous, intelligent, knowledgeable, spiritual, renowned, satisfied, wealth and happy.
The astrologer should consider the strength of other planets so as to understand the power of Durudhara yoga in the birth chart.
Kemdrum Yoga happens when the planet Moon has no planets in either side. It is one of the most inauspicious Graha dosh in the natal chart.
This evil dosha formed by moon bring misfortune to the native. I have written a comprehensive article on Kemdrum Dosh that you can go through
Some facts about Moon in Vedic astrology
There are factors for the moon that every astrologer and students of astrology should know. This will help the astrologer to understand the power of the moon. It will also help astrologer to make perfect prediction and remedial measures.
Day – Monday
Color – White
Direction – Vayavya (North – West)
Nature – Calm and peaceful
Orbit time to pass 12 zodiacs – Approximately 324 days
Orbit time to pass 1 zodiac – Approximately 27 days
Friendly planets – Moon, Mars and Jupiter
Enemy planets – Rahu, Ketu and Saturn
Neutral planets – Mercury
Constellation ruled – Rohini, Hasta and Sravana
Own sign – Cancer
Mool Trikon – Taurus
Exalted sign – Taurus
Debilitated sign – Scorpio
Metal – Silver
Gemstone – Pearl
Vimshottari Dasha period – 10 years
Well place moon signifies – intelligence and imagination
Malefic placed moon signifies – depression, jealous and arrogant
Significator (Karak) – Mother
Body parts ruled – Eyes, lungs, heart and bodily fluid
Ailments by Moon – Depression, cardiac problem, cold and cough, respiratory ailments, TB, fear and weak eyesight.