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Meaning of The Navgrahas

Meaning of The Navgrahas

In Vedic Astrology, only seven planets are considered and the two nodes of Moon (North and South), therefore nine (Nav) planets (Grahas). Below is a summary of the meaning of each planet.

Hindu Name Planet Meaning
Surya, Bhanu Sun Atma-Self, masculine, future, soul, physical body and health, heart, life force, courage, ambitions, pride, dignity, ego, vitality, will power, stamina, sense of self, power, fame, life, health, sovereignty and clothes, glory, inspiration, creativity, leadership, Father, teachers, authority, bosses, political leader, Kings or Presidents. It has anger but momentary. Its element is gold. East is represented by sun.
Chandra Moon It is a cold, calm and quiet planet and represents mind, reflective, feminine, night, emotions, sensitivity, nurturing, security, past, past-lives, patterns of behavior, receptivity, caring for others, heredity, Mother, motherland, the public or masses, popularity, inner contentment, money, general well-being, home, water, habits, subconscious mind, growth in early childhood, fertility, breast, menstrual cycle, eyes, lungs, liquids and nurses. Direction north-east, element is silver.
Budha Mercury Mercury is talkative and tactful, but not harmful. It is a good trader, mathematician, editor and publisher. It has excellent argumentative and analytical power and mind. Intelligence, wisdom, speech, education, matters relating to communication such as speech and writing, humor, trade, commerce, sales, education, ideas, thoughts, school, analytical and rational mind, cognitive intelligence, sense of humor, youth, trickster, truth, telephones, television, computers, travel especially short distances, childhood, aunts and uncles, neighbors, adaptability, twins, astrology, nervous system. It represents memory, throat, arms, maternal uncles.
Shukra Venus The feminine spirit, beauty, grace, charm, refinement, luxuries, wealth, sensuality, vanity, charisma, glamour, good taste, sexual attraction, elegance, comforts, arts, music, theater, love, wife in a males chart, pleasure of the senses, sugar, affections, conveyances, flowers.
Mangal, Kuja Mars Energy, action, passions, male influence, courage, strength, motivations, anger, violence, determination, aggression, bluntness and boldness, injury, accidents, war, chemists, fire, anger, surgery, initiative, motivation, courage, technical or mechanical ability, sports – athletic, military figures, police, fires, physical strength, operations, muscles, blood, sexual vitality, weapons, machines, conflict, can inflict death, fire, selfish, criminal, goal oriented action, self-righteousness, land, property and real-estate, brothers, enemies, science, instruments, guns, knives. Its element is copper. Its color is red and direction is south.
Guru Jupiter Spiritual teacher, guide, truth, religion, philosophy, spirituality, grace, law, the great benefic, fortune, wealth, expansion, higher education like colleges, optimism, generous, joy, luck, self-indulgent, excessive, faith, children, money, husband in a females chart, long distance travel.
Shani Saturn Discipline, order, structure, dependability, stability, separation, solitude, limitation, obstruction, poverty, death, disease, oppression, pessimistic, worry, fear, bad luck, old age, delays, retards things, concentration, paralysis, depression, stunted, deprivation, bondage, fixed assets, land, property, endurance and lasting, doubt, phobias, darkness, sorrow, longevity, detachment, decay.
Rahu Rahu Fame, extremes, foreigners and foreign lands, fulfillment of worldly desires, status, prestige, power, worldly success, outer success with inner turmoil, obsessive, addictions, psychic, disturbances, collective trends, disturbances, poisons that destroy and heal, medicine, drugs and alcohol.
Ketu Ketu Loss, liberation, perception, wisdom, lack of confidence, negation, self doubt, fantasies, confusion, indecision, illusions, drug addiction and alcoholism, psychic influences, fire, injury, death, spiritual insight.
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Venus (Shukra)

Venus (Shukra)
Venus (Shukra)
Venus (Shukra)

Venus is called Shukra in Sanskrit. Shukra literally means “semen”, but more generally means “refined things”. Venus rules over all types of refined things that are desirable such as art, music, flowers, love, beauty, etc. A well placed Venus in a chart that is well disposed towards Venus will grant to the person a life full of “the good things” such as those things mentioned above.

The Vedic way of understanding of life, and the process of elevation, is such that addiction to material gratifications are known to be often “an-arthas” or “unnecessary”. Too much stress is laid upon material gratifications in ungodly societies. So, Venus is loved and followed when the person or society is of the materialistic type. For Westerners, a good Venus is considered a good thing, because it helps in bringing in material wealth, sense gratifications, and all types of material fortunes. Famous, rich and beautiful people often have strong Venus, as these blessings are highly desirable to the materialistic masses, who love to worship such “achievements” in life. People in general are much more interested in the “Lives of the Rich and Famous” than they are in the “Lives of the Intelligent and Devoted”.

While Jupiter tends to give advice leading to surrender to higher principles, Venus gives advice which works for us in the here and now. Jupiter is more about dharma, or religion for higher principles, whereas Venus is more about a-dharma, or self serving ways. The entire Vedic principle is to surrender to the greater laws of God, whereas Venus teaches us to maximize things as they are now, for ourselves. But it is not that one is bad and one is good— it’s that priority has been established correctly. It is not wrong to have material quality in our lives, or pleasures and enjoyments, but they should not direct us and dictate our actions when higher principles of goodness are at stake.

Venus represents the enjoyment, taste, sexuality and relationships of the individual. It can give a person a great sense of aesthetics and very pleasant personality, or sensual and tasteless, depending on how well it is placed in the chart. Venus is best placed in Meena (Pisces) where is called exalted. Opposite from there, in Kanya (Virgo) it is least auspicious and called debilitated. Venus is lord of the sign Vrisha (Taurus) and also of Tula (Libra) and of the houses where these signs are located.

Venus signifies: The feminine spirit, beauty, grace, charm, refinement, luxuries, wealth, sensuality, vanity, charisma, glamour, good taste, sexual attraction, elegance, comforts, arts, music, theatre, love, wife in a male’s chart (female friend in a female’s chart), pleasure of the senses, sugar, affections, conveyances, flowers.

Venus (Shukra)
Ruling Sign Taurus, Libra
Sign of Exaltation Pisces
Sign of Debilitation Virgo
Moolatrikona Sign Libra
Nature Benefic
Houses of Aspect 1 and 7
Directional Strength (DigBala) 4th House
Directional Weakness (asleep) 10th House
Day Friday
Friends Mercury, Saturn, Ketu
Enemies Sun, Mars, Moon, Rahu
Period in a Sign 25 days
Medical Astrology Reproductive system, bladder, kidneys, and pancreas-diabetes
Main Significations Desires, pleasures, artistry, beauty, additions, sex
Gemstone Diamond, White Sapphire, Clear quartz crystal
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Jupiter (Guru)

Jupiter (Guru)
Jupiter (Guru)
Jupiter (Guru)

Jupiter is the “Guru of the Gods”. Jupiter is called “Guru” in Sanskrit. Guru means “teacher” because he is “heavy with knowledge”. Jupiter is also called Brihaspati (bree-haws-putt-tee). Brihaspati is the name of the Guru of all the demigods in the higher planets. He is the advisor, or teacher, of the demigods.

A good Jupiter in a chart which leans towards Jupiter in a positive way will grant good relations with Priests, Law, Higher Education, the Legal system, the Financiers of the world, and so on. Jupiter encourages righteousness when he is strong.

Jupiter is a large planet, and so rules largeness in things. Jupiter tends to expand things. Wherever he sits and wherever he aspects in a chart will tend to grow based on Jupiter’s influence. For example, if Jupiter affects the Lagna, which rules the body, then the body will tend to be large, or fatty. When a good Jupiter affects house ruling money, then the money will tend to grow. Jupiter in the second house or third, which rules speaking, will tend to make the person speak often, and with a tone of divine advice, one of Jupiter’s other natural tendencies.

Gurus and advisers are always well wishers, so Jupiter is very giving or kind, and is known as a great giver or granter of fortune. Jupiter is considered the most benefic planet, because of his nature of always wanting to give and grant benedictions. Because children are an expansion of life in many ways, as well as a gift from God, Jupiter rules children. Because Jupiter represents God through his many advices he has a tendency to be related to the ninth house, which represents God in our lives.

Jupiter represents knowledge, wisdom and the offspring of the individual. It is a planet of expansion, growth and good fortune. Jupiter is best placed in Karka (Cancer) where is called exalted. Opposite from there, in Makara (Capricorn) it is least auspicious and called debilitated. Jupiter is lord of the signs Dhanus (Sagittarius) and Meena (Pisces) and also of the house where these sign are located. Jupiter aspects 3 houses, the 5th, 7th and 9th houses from its own position.

Jupiter signifies: Spiritual teacher, guide, truth, religion, philosophy, spirituality, grace, law, the great benefic, fortune, wealth, expansion, higher education like colleges, optimism, generosity, joy, luck, self-indulgence, excessiveness, faith, children, money, husband in a female’s chart, long distance travel.

Jupiter(Guru)
Ruling Sign Sagittarius, Pisces
Sign of Exaltation Cancer
Sign of Debilitation Capricorn
Moolatrikona Sign Sagittarius
Nature Benefic
Houses of Aspect 1, 5, 7 and 9
Directional Strength (DigBala) 1st House
Directional Weakness (asleep) 7th House
Day Thursday
Friends Sun, Moon, Mars, Ketu
Enemies Mercury, Venus, Rahu
Period in a Sign ~13 months
Medical Astrology Liver, hips, overweight, edema, high cholesterol, growths such as tumors
Main Significations Fortune, Law, God, Wealth, Status, Expansiveness
Gemstone Yellow Sapphire, Yellow Topaz, Citrine
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Mercury (Budha)

Mercury (Budha)
Mercury (Budha)
Mercury (Budha)

Mercury is youthful and causes youthfulness or immaturity in the house of the chart it resides. Mercury is the negotiator, so it rules in us the ability to be diplomats, negotiators, deal-makers, or good liars. Mercury rules all types of communications, spoken and written. A good Mercury in a chart makes for careers where speaking, studying, thinking, writing and other scholarly thinking related matters are necessary. A bad Mercury can work towards making a person dumb or odd in mental workings.

Mercury, being youthful, is neither mature nor convinced about anything for certain. He is truly a gullible boy, so, he is easily influenced by other planets. Any planet with Mercury will influence him. So Mercury is called “mutable” or “changeable”. This reflects in the chart very much. Mercury always stands for the thinking capacity in a person, which in Sanskrit would be called your “Buddhi” or “intelligence”. Mercury’s Sanskrit name is therefore “Budha”, which also means “the intelligence”.

Mercury represents the speech, intellect and friends of the individual. It is a very, adaptable and curious planet. If afflicted, it gives speech problems and a poor discriminative ability. If well placed it makes a person witty, easy going and skillful. Mercury is best placed in Kanya (Virgo) where it is called exalted. Opposite from there, in Meena (Pisces) it is least auspicious and called debilitated. Mercury is lord of the sign Kanya (Virgo) and Mithuna (Gemini) and also of the houses where these signs are placed. Its element is bronze, the color is green and direction north.

Mercury is talkative and tactful, but not harmful. It is a good trader, mathematician, editor and publisher. It has excellent argumentative and analytical power and mind. Mercury signifies: Intelligence, wisdom, speech, education, matters relating to communication such as speech and writing, humor, trade, commerce, sales, education, ideas, thoughts, school, analytical and rational mind, cognitive intelligence, sense of humor, youth, trickster, truth, telephones, television, computers, travel especially short distances, childhood, aunts and uncles, neighbors, adaptability, twins, astrology, nervous system. It represents memory, throat, arms, maternal uncles.

Mercury (Budha)
Ruling Sign Gemini, Virgo
Sign of Exaltation Virgo
Sign of Debilitation Pisces
Moolatrikona Sign Virgo
Nature Benefic
Houses of Aspect 1 and 7
Directional Strength (DigBala) 1st House
Directional Weakness (asleep) 7th House
Day Wednesday
Friends Sun, Venus, Rahu
Enemies Moon, Ketu
Period in a Sign 20 days
Medical Astrology Lungs, hands, arms, nervous system
Main Signification Intellect, Speech, Relating, Communications, Diplomacy
Gemstone Emerald, Green Tourmaline
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Moon (Chandra)

Moon (Chandra)
Moon (Chandra)
Moon (Chandra)

The Moon is close to us, and reflects the light of the Sun. The Moon is the most visible planet of all, to us here on Earth, because we can look at it so easily. It neither burns our eyes, nor hides in the deep darkness of space, like the others. Rather, the Moon is up close and personal, showing herself fully to us. The Moon is indeed very dear, close, and friendly. It’s light is very nice and pleasing. Her full bodily lustre each month is a rising sight to see. Unlike Western Astrology where the Sun is most important, in Jyotish the Moon is the first “Graha” to look at and plays a central role in many calculations and predictive techniques.

The Moon rules the mind, the emotions, feelings, nursing, nurturing, mothering and the overall life of the person. An afflicted Moon greatly shapes the personality in the direction of the affliction, whether it is harshness of character, sadness of mind, or an angry and aggressive nature. Similarly, benefic influences upon the Moon in a chart, or a well placed Moon we could also say, bestows the reflections of helpfulness, peace of mind, cleanliness all around, and so forth.

The Moon is best placed in the first few degrees of Vrisha (Taurus) where it is called exalted. Opposite from there, in Vrishchika (Scorpio) it is least auspicious and called debilitated. The Moon is lord of the sign Karka (Cancer) and also of the house where Cancer is located.

Moon signifies: It is a cold, calm and quiet planet and represents mind, reflective, feminine, night, emotions, sensitivity, nurturing, security, past, past-lives, patterns of behavior, receptivity, caring for others, heredity, Mother, motherland, the public or masses, popularity, inner contentment, money, general well-being, home, water, habits, subconscious mind, growth in early childhood, fertility, breast, menstrual cycle, eyes, lungs, liquids and nurses. Direction north-east, element is silver.

Moon (Chandra)
Ruling Sign Cancer
Sign of Exaltation Taurus
Sign of Debilitation Scorpio
Moolatrikona Sign Cancer
Nature Benefic
Houses of Aspect 1 and 7
Directional Strength (DigBala) 4th House
Directional Weakness (asleep) 10th House
Day Monday
Friends Sun, Mercury
Enemies Rahu, Ketu
Period in a Sign 54-56 hours
Medical Astrology Breast, stomach, watery disturbances, edema, phlegm, left eye
Main Significations Emotions, Mind, Health, Purity, Mental Balance, Mother
Gemstone Pearls, Moonstone