Vedic Astrology is based upon the 9 grahas , 12 bhavas , 16 vargas or divisional charts and 27 nakshatras or constellations. In the magnum opus Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra, Parasara Muni states
“Jeevanam Karmaphalado Graharupo Janardana ” which means
Lord Vishnu himself incarnated as the 9 grahas to bestow the effects to living beings as per their own karma . So , essentially the 9 grahas assume good or bad positions based upon the individual karmas from past life and certain good or bad yogas are formed and when they will be experienced is examined by the dasha system.
In vedic astrology , Moon or Chandra graha is regarded as second in command and is the Queen in the planetary cabinet. Today we will study about the importance and effects of Chandra Graha in vedic astrology.
Name - Chandra / Soma
Gender – Female
Owns – Cancer (Karka Rasi)
Exalted - Tauras 0-3 degrees
Debilitated - Scorpio 0-3 degrees
Mulatrikona - Tauras (4- 30 degrees)
Gemstone – Mukta – Pearl
Metal – SIlver
Color – Milk White
Element – Water
Chakra – Svadishthana
Direction – North
Tanmatra – Taste
Dhatu – Blood
Type – Dhatu (represents minerals and metals)
Time - Muhurta (2 ghatikas or 48 mintues)
Drishti – 100 % aspect on 7th house from Natal Position
Rashmis – 9
Guna - Sattwik
Abode – Bathroom / Water Storage
Status – Queen
Food – Milk / Curd
The BPHS states the Sun to be very windy and phlegmatic. She is learned and has a round body. She has auspicious looks and sweet speech, is fickle-minded and very lustful. Moon represents the mind.
Auspicious / Benefic Moon confers emotion , imagination , stable mind and never say die attitude in the native and makes the person very calm. Malefic or inauspicious Moon will make the native volatile and extremely fickle minded , pessimist , lethargic and prone to blood pressure / blood cancer and other blood related disorders. Migraine , urinary problems, lack of taste and doshas related to kapha or water element are common for those suffering from malefic Moon , especially when it associates with lagna or lagnesha. The benefic aspect of Moon in women , make them extremely loving and caring in nature and Sun being the natural karaka for mother and home and family , a benefic surya makes the person live in royal palaces , having big family and inauspicious moon will make person travel from place to place , create condition for person to be exiled from his motherland and create constant disputes in family.
Moon rules the weekday Monday and fasting on this day without salt is a very effective , time tested and proven remedy. The Agni purana specially mentions the fasts for all 9 grahas and donation of milk / curd / pearls is most effective and recommended remedy for appeasing the Moon. The navagraha stotra for Chandra Deva as taught by Maharshi Ved Vyasa in the Mahabharat is
“Dadhi Shankha Tusharabham , Kshirodaarnava sambhavam
Namami Shashinam Soman, ShambhorMukuta Bhooshanam”
which means , I salute the one resembling the hue of Curd and White Conch , the one who originated from the Ocean of Milk , the one who is known as Shashi and Soma and who adorns the forehead of Shiv Shambhu (Mahadev) as a crown jewel.
Reading this everyday for minimum 108 times is very helpful , especially in the mahadahsa and antardasha of Moon. Moon is very important planet in Vedic Astrology as Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra states that yogas formed from the Moon give their effect before any other yoga.