It gains its prominence and status from it being the largest of all the planets in the Solar System; this is also borne by its astrological significance. Jupiter symbolizes an expansive tendency in both the spiritual and physical aspects:
- Mind and wisdom: It expands the knowledge of the native to high levels of the philosophy and super conscious realms and also Vedic astrology,
- Physical horizons: The expansion in this case is achieved through gaining weight or having a large build and through undertaking long journeys and gaining knowledge.
Jupiter in astrology
Due to its optimistic and generous disposition, it has been equated to a Santa Claus of the Cosmos but when it is in the hard aspects it can easily make you:
- Exhibitionist or a showoff,
- Boastful and conceited.
Hard aspects The hard aspects of Jupiter can be related to:
- The Sun,
- The Moon,
When in the hard aspects Jupiter creates:
Resolution of the hard aspect results in the release and availability of beneficial energies of these planets.
Jupiter is a highly favorable planet that actually represents:
- Wealth and
- Higher spiritual knowledge.
It is also the true guru, the guide and promoter, the resourceful conman or the marketing whiz or the gambler or hustler too and this quality bestows on the native with idealism, wisdom, understanding and aspirations of truth.
Its symbol is quite representative being composed of the crescent of personality that is uplifted or elevated by the cross of matter; it denotes categorically, the native’s rise beyond earthly considerations through his enlightened grasp of things.
Saturn is these experiences and tests, and the channel of acquiring the vital wisdom; therefore, their two symbols are reverse of each other and Saturn is the conductor of the tests.
In the physical body, Jupiter rules:
- The Pituitary glands, and
- The large intestine.
If the position of Jupiter is analyzed as per each house, it will easily lead to understanding as to how your ethical thoughts and social activities are shaped. Your social values and principles are given shape by your religious, social and ethical training.
A retrograde Jupiter in a person’s chart makes him:
- A pessimist,
- A depressed person,
- Lethargic and lazy, and
- In a perpetual state of exhaustion.
The ruler of Sagittarius, Jupiter has both a lower and a higher version of manifestation; that is why, the Sagittarians, who are having the half-man and half-beast mentality always have internal strife as to which version will assert itself.
When Jupiter is in a favorable place, he has the benefic power to reduce the derogatory effects of the planets that are malefic.
In the astrological chart of a woman, the Jupiter serves as a Karak of the husband and, when positioned favorably, it provides the joys of a happily married life providing a blissful union and relationship. When the placement of Jupiter is not favorable, it makes the woman obstinate and uncooperative creating arguments and quarrels while maintaining a continuous state of discord in the marital life.
If placed in the 12th house of a native, Jupiter provides moksha or salvation after his death.
If Jupiter happens to be well placed:
- As per the signs I.e. Pisces, Sagittarius or Cancer,
- As also in Libra, Aquarius or Scorpio,
- Or, in houses fourth, tenth, twelfth, ninth, eight, first, second or third.
Or, if it is well-aspected, it can indicate a deeper understanding, general good fortune, abundance and educations through travel.
If Jupiter is poorly positioned or if it is afflicted, it may give you the following traits:
- Avarice and greed,
- Wasteful habits,
- Indiscriminate Sensuality,
- Dilettante or,
- A wanderer.
This is the reason for the struggle within since Jupiter riles Sagittarius emphasizing all it positives, it is also a co-ruler with Neptune of Pisces and, in Cancer, it is exalted; this is where its principle of mothering or nurturing is developed.
Own sign (Rashi) are Pisces and Sagittarius.
Own day is Thursday
Direction is North-East (Ishana).
Orbiting time for each Zodiac sign is thirteen months.
Orbiting time for complete Zodiac is twelve years.
Special Features Knowledge.
Color is Yellow.
Friendly Planets are Mars, Moon and Sun.
Enemy Planets are Venus and Mercury.
Neutral Planet are Rahu and Saturn.
Exalted in Cancer.
Debilitated in Capricorn
Favorable Metals is Gold.
Precious Stone is Yellow Sapphire.
If well placed it gives Prosperity, Son, Wisdom, and Education.
If adversely place it gives arrogance.
Representation Elderly and Teachers (Gurus).
Body parts ruled Large Intestines, Liver.
Diseases given by Jupiter Ear problems, Cough, Inflammation, jaundice.
The planets that we have seen till now are actual physical entities that have an effect on the human lives according to the placement of those planets in their astrological charts. But, there are two entities that are not physical planets; rather, they are in the form of shadowy planets or nodes and are known to exert vital influences on the lives of the natives.
Rahu is known to be a dirty planet causing unforeseen delays and hurdles and prompting the native to be lazy and living in filth.
He takes about 18 months to transit each sign of the zodiac.
These two nodes do not have any size or shape like other planets but the impact that it has on the lives of human beings can be very great.
The story behind Rahu, Ketu and the eclipses.
It is said that there was an episode called Amrit manthan which included churning the sea to derive nectar which was required by both the Gods and the Demons so that they may become immortal. But the intentions of both the armies were dishonest and they wanted to dupe the other army to pool in their manpower but drink the nectar themselves to achieve immortality.
When the nectar obtained from the churning of the sea was being consumed by the gods, a demon who was quite powerful sat between the Son and the Moon in disguise as a god but they recognized him and revealed him to Lord Vishnu; Lord Vishnu used his Sudarshan Chakra and severed his body near the throat.
But, by then the Demon had consumed enough nectar to become immortal; the portion of the head was called Rahu and the hind portion was called Ketu.
Astronomically, the point where the Moon and the Sun intersect in the North is called Rahu or the North Node while the point in the south is called Ketu or the South Node.
It is belived that this enmity has continued over the ages and whenever they are near, the Sun and the Moon are swallowed by their enemies, Rahu and Ketu causing Solar and Lunar eclipses.
The node called Rahu does not have any zodiac sign assigned to it and is known in Hindu mythology to represent the head of the dragon; in effect, this planet is known to govern the following traits in a native:
- Ego, anger and moods,
- Lust and sex,
- Black magic and other negative habits,
The derogatory effects seen due to the unfavorable placement of Rahu in your astrological chart may have the following significant effects:
- Brutal and violent nature,
- Darkness, gambling, and
- Concealed money.
There is also a daily period of time called Rahukaal which Indian astrology consider as totally inauspicious for initiating any new event or activity since Rahu is supposed to be malefic during this period every day.
The science of astrology in India calculates this rahukaal (or, period of Rahu) for each place according to the time of Sunrise and Sunset. The calculation is quite simple if you know the exact timing of these two events.
You first need to divide this daylight time into eight segments and one of these eight segments will be designated as Rahukaal as per your location on that day. So, on different days, Rahukaal will fall at different parts of the day; this time is particularly inauspicious hence these periods are picked up and avoided for new ventures etc.
The internet has various sites that will calculate the period of Rahukaal within seconds. It is also referred to as Raahuykaalam, Vishaghati or Yamagandakaalam and is daily different according to the difference in planetary configurations.
The first good thing that a favorably placed Rahu provides a native is a long journey
Vedic astrology depicts Rahu as a dragon that rides a chariot driven by eight black horses; while he does not own any zodiac sign, he can still become the lord of any house; he bears enmity with Cancer and Leo.
Rahu represents the paternal grandfather or other very old persons.
A malefic Rahu makes people:
- Evil thoughts,
- Travels in mountains and forests,
- Get imprisoned, or
- Enjoy the assets of others like official car or rented home.
Western astrologers also consider rahu as a benefic planet.
Own sign (Rashi) is Scorpio and Aries.
Direction is North Lunar node.
Orbiting time for each Zodiac sign is 18 months.
Orbiting time for complete Zodiac is 18 years.
Nature is hostile, furious and dirty.
Color is grey, black.
Friendly Planets are Saturn, Venus and Saturn.
Enemy Planets are Sun, Mars and Moon.
Neutral Planet is Jupiter.
Exalted in Taurus.
Debiliteted in Sagittarius.
Favorable Metals are Graphite and Lead.
Precious Stone is Hassonite.
If well placed it gives status, wealth and prosperity.
If adversely place it gives jealousy and arrogance.
Representation is for very old people.
Diseases given by Rahu are
- Paranormal activity,
- Snake bites, and
Among the planets that are visible to us with the naked eye, Saturn happens to be the last although, on a clear day, Uranus is also known to be visible occasionally. This makes it represent the limits of our limitations in:
- The distance that our eyes can see,
- The body (mainly the Skin), and
- The personal actions that we may undertake (the law keeper of Karma).
Saturn is the lord of your karma since it gives back to you according to:
- What you have done or not done,
- What you may have done right or wrong or deceitfully, or
- What you sowed and you will now reap.
As far as Karma is concerned, Saturn is said to be the guardian of the doors of the heavens therefore to reach a superior state of consciousness (represented by Uranus, Neptune and Pluto), you need to pass through the rings of the judgment (of Saturn) of your Karma.
Thus, as the Karmic judge, Saturn does not allow you to attain higher consciousness unless your karma in your personal history is right.
Saturn has a unique quality that its movement is quite slow in so much as it occupies each zodiac sign for about two and a half year; this attribute is due to its great distance from the Earth but it is visible due to its massive size.
Saturn is a cold and dry planet and represents aged people; he was born to Chhaya and Lord Surya but does not have cordial relations with his father.
In fact, astrologically speaking, Saturn is malefic in nature but the favorable placement on the astrological chart provides an abundance of status, fame and prosperity.
But, its adverse placement on a native’s chart can be the factor responsible for:
- Persistent hurdles,
Longevity is provided by Lord Shani if placed reasonably in a native horoscope.
- Tests and
- Teachers and school,
- Old age,
In the physical body, it controls the following parts:
- The skin,
- The bones, all the large bones in the body are under its control,
- The teeth
In the physical body it rules the skin, bones, teeth, knees and ears.
Above all, Saturn who is represented numerically by the numeral 8 is not only a teacher who teaches and punishes a student according to his performance and deeds.
No wonder he is a strict and discipline-enforcing planet and is particularly harsh against those that are erratic in their conduct; it is also known that Saturn gives severe and long-lasting diseases which are quite troublesome at times.
Lord of justice
Saturn in its role as a justifier also makes you work hard to achieve what you strive for since it keeps testing your tenacity and discipline; learned scholars interpret it as a testing time for you. The positions depicted in your chart indicate the lessons that you have to take to fulfill your responsibilities and gain rewards.
Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn where it provides power and responsibility if it is not afflicted; it being exalted in Libra which is the zodiac sign for cooperation, union and marriage. When it enters Aries, it is known to purge energy and makes a native selfish to the core. All the items on or below the surface of the Earth are under the control of Saturn, particularly Iron and other mining items.
A person facing hardships in Mars turns towards dacoit and thefts but in Saturn, it is spiritual matters and soul searching that is done by the native undergoing hardships.
Own day is Saturday.Own signs (Rashi) are Aquarius and Capricorn.
Direction is West.
Orbiting time for each Zodiac sign is two and a half year.
Orbiting time for complete Zodiac is days.
Special Features Hurdles,
Color is Blue.
Friendly Planets Rahu, Venus, Mercury
Enemy Planets are Mars, Sun and Moon.
Neutral Planet is Jupiter.
Exalted in Libra.
Debilitated in Aries.
Favorable Metals is Iron .
Precious Stone is Blue Saphire.
If well placed it gives status, wealth, Land.
If adversely placed it gives arrogance and poverty.
Represents Elderly, servants, seniors.
Body parts ruled legs and nervous system.
Mercury is the planet that is closest to the Sun. Its symbol represents all the three symbols that are used in astrology,
- The cross manifestation of the Earth,
- The circle of spirit, and
- The uplifted crescent depicting an elevated personality.
It is neither a feminine planet nor a masculine one and has the habit of reflecting everything that it comes across; that is why it is said that it is Silver. The amount and complexity of your consciousness is directly proportional to the number of aspects that you have with mercury; the more the aspects, the higher will be your personality and consciousness.
The closest aspect is of vital importance since it is the need of reflective mind to have more aspects to be able to expand. The attention of the native remains focused depending on the positioning of the houses.
It is the receiver of messages from god to human beings while also serving as the internal link that communicates between our personality and the innermost soul; moreover, it also maintains a link between the mundane and the external self.
In effect, it symbolizes those channels of communication and the perceptions of sense that is utilized by the divine spark resident within us, which represents our true self, to organize and direct the internal infrastructure of the body just like a well oiled machine.
This link remains intact till such time that the personality is rational and balanced but ceases when a person loses his sanity, the vital communication link from the divine spark within but there are other doors to communicate through; the eyes and the ears still remain active for the almighty to communicate his wishes to us and talk to us.
Mercury is the ruler of:
- The senses (as differing from sense organs),
- The skin,
- The shoulders, arms and the hands,
- The lungs and the respiratory system,
- The nervous system, and
- Communications as a whole.
Thus, it symbolizes all the means of communication like TV, Radio, writing, Oratory and written communications.
Moreover, it also signifies:
- Siblings (particularly sisters),
- Logical rationalizing,
- Reasoning powers,
- Assimilation of education,
- Power of perception, and
- Undertaking short journeys.
Mercury is a planet that goes retrograde:
- For three week periods,
- It happens three or four times in a year, and
- The occurrence of the retrograde mercury is in 20% i.e. one-fifths of all charts.
- Note: Mars is retrograde in 10% i.e. one-tenth of all charts while Venus retrograde occurs in about 7% of all charts which translates to one-fourteenth of all charts.
When your Mercury is retrograde, there appears an Rx sign against the numbers indicating its position; they may appear something like 26*.10’ Rx in the charts.
The natives who have retrograde Mercury need to be extra careful while dealing with data; it should be analyzed and then disseminated; comments may irritate a native because they relate to everything personally.
Zodiac signs ruled
There are two rashis ruled by Mercury:
- Virgo: wherein it collects data, processes it, forms opinions and chooses what to do with it, and
- Gemini: For thought processes and communications wherein it compares, perceives and links.
Own sign (Rashi) are Gemini and Virgo.
Own day is Wednesday.
Direction is north.
Orbiting time for each Zodiac sign is 25 days.
Orbiting time for complete Zodiac is 10 months.
Main Features Intelligent, hence called Budh (clever).
Nature is mixed.
Color is Light Green and Green.
Friendly Planets are Rahu, Venus and Sun.
Enemy Planet is Moon.
Neutral Planets are Jupiter, Saturn and Mars..
Exalted in Virgo.
Debilitated in Pisces.
Favorable Metals is Lead.
Precious Stone is Emerald.
If well placed it gives a good position, clever mind, Business acumen and the native can be a good mathematician.
If adversely place it gives the native an irritating and arrogant nature.
Body parts ruled The nervous system and skin.
Diseases given by Mercury Skin ailments, Obsessive nature and giddiness.
It is stated that Venus and Mars display qualities that are diagonally opposite to each other but the similarities between them are too many and too identical to ignore; in fact, scientists conducting high level of research into the history, atmosphere and evolution of Mars and Venus call them identical twins.
The observation of the atmospheres of both Mars and Venus exposes the fact that the atmospheres of these planets are being eroded and stripped away into space. This also gives rise to the belief that mars might have supported life somewhere in the past.
Mars is the red planet and these are the attributes of a masculine planet in all his fury; it symbolizes confidence and courage. For the choice of an occupation, Mars represents the martial nature of the native and it is connected to The Armed Forces, Paramilitary Forces, Builders and Engineers. Militancy and Marketing are also under the influence of Mars.
A short tempered and argumentative nature is the common trait of Mars; when in ascendancy, it provides a younger look, administrative and operational skills.
Whenever Mars is malefic, it provides huge advantages to those natives whose ascendants are Cancer and Leo; this condition is called Yogakaraka.
Also, since Mars rules Scorpio and Aries signs, under its influence, Leo Scorpio natives develop secretive aggression while Aries natives display open aggression.
While controlling passion Mars gives rise to a high level of sexual urges; it is also a very significant hindrance or delaying factor on the marriage of Manglik natives. The importance of matching the horoscopes of the would-be bride and bridegroom is of supreme importance since, if not detected, the mangal dosha may result in marital discord, arguments and fights and may even result in divorce or separation. In severe cases, one of the persons in matrimony may die due to its influence.
The representative of Mars is Fire and Mars functions as the defender of the Solar System. Mars is also a hot planet providing energy that is highly destructive; its influence causes wars, accidents and natural calamities that is why they call it a malefic planet.
The two planets are seen to be similar in their passion and sensuality but, while Venus is the epitome of unification through love and attraction, the influence of Mars has the effect of dispersing, separating and dividing all.
In effect, Mars is the representative of the forceful and divisive ego of the self, demanding and fighting for rights and asserting your selfish individuality.
Mars symbolizes the Chi and represents the potent sexual organs, not the sexual energy alone; it depicts:
- Your active energy and drive,
- How you obtain what you want?
- Your motivations,
- Your ego,
- Your initiatives, survival, courage and conflicts,
- Your competitions and goals, and
- Your sexual urges, whims and fancies.
It is simply the force behind your feelings and their expressions that are collectively called passion.
In the physical form, it controls and regulates:
- The nose,
- The male genitals or ling,
- The musculature, and
- Red blood Corpuscles.
In your astrological chart, the house containing Mars is where all the action is and where your energy is processed; this is also the point where you will find all the unfinished business with regards to discord, strife and tensions.
In the female chart, it will denote the perception that she has of the male sexuality.
Mars is the ruler of Scorpio and Aries which are opposite to Taurus and Libra, the signs ruled by Venus; thus, the relationship between Venus and Mars on your chart will decide as to what your urges, responses and instincts will be towards the opposite sex as also when you will expose your aggression or passivity.
With Mars, the matter means more than the spirit and carnal desires take ascendency over intellectual aspirations; this depicted in the old symbol for Mars. Here, the need to be an assertive individual is more important than being cooperative and societal.
A retrograde mars is seen in one out of every ten charts; it also remains retrograde eleven weeks out of every 25.5 months which translates into about 9.5% of the time. The retrograde position is indicated by an Rx sign against it in your chart. This retrograde aspect is rarer only in Venus with it being retrograde 7% of the time. Retrograde position of Mars has a devastating effect since the energy to achieve is missing and frequent delays are experienced.
Those natives whose Mars is retrograde should concentrate inwards and derive proper conclusions by repeating their actions to get a proper insight; a classic example can be found in Freud the great philosopher who dedicated his whole life to internal analysis. His Mars was retrograde.
Own sign (Rashis) are Scorpio and Aries .
Own day is Tuesday.
Direction is South.
Orbiting time for each Zodiac sign is 45 days.
Orbiting time for complete Zodiac is One and a half years (approx).
Facial Features are resentful.
Color is Red.
Friendly Planets are Sun, Jupiter and Moon.
Enemy Planets are
Neutral Planets are Venus and Mercury.
Exalted in Capricorn.
Debilitated in Cancer.
Favorable Metals is Copper.
Precious Stone is Red Coral.
If well placed it gives high position, Wealth and prosperity.
If adversely placed it provides Jealous and arrogant nature.
. Diseases given by Mars Restless nature, Tension and Blood problems.