Vedic astrology and Ayurveda work hand in hand to help all beings live in accordance with Santana Dharma (eternal truth). In an astrology chart we would see things like stress and hypertension as being shown by excessive fire and air. Moon and Venus influenced by Mars and Sun or very prominent fire planets affecting the bisy would be likely.
Dasa (cycles) are the main timing system in Vedic Astrology. There are many dasa systems in Vedic Astrology that allow us to foresee the karmic events as they unfold here on Earth. The most prominent is the Vimshottari dasa system. It is a system that uses a 120 year cycle where each planet rules a certain number of years, which is also broken down into sub periods from there. The sub periods (called bhuktis) are in the same order and divided relative to the dasa length below.
For instance Ketu dasa starts with Ketu / Ketu, then Ketu / Venus, then Ketu / Sun, etc. Very accurate results are possible using this dasa system to predict what karmas will unfold at what time.
The planetary dasas in the Vimshottari dasa system unfold in this order. This order is also reflected in the planetary lords of the Nakshatras.
Ketu 7 years
Venus 20 years
Sun 6 years
Moon 10 years
Mars 7 years
Rahu 18 years
Jupiter 16 years
Saturn 19 years
Mercury 17 years
The Moon in the Dasa Scheme.
The start of the first planetary dasa cycle is reckoned from placement of the Moon at birth. The Lord of the Nakshatra (corresponding star in the Moon sign) will determine the 1st dasa period. The percentage of the amount of distance traversed by the Moon through that Nakshatra is deducted from the balance of the mean dasa length to determine the first dasa length. Example – if the Moon had traveled ¼ through the Nakshatra of Bharani, ruled by Venus, then ¼ of the length of Venus dasa would be deducted from it’s mean length of 20 years. Thus the first dasa would be Venus for 15 years.
The Vimshottari dasa is shown from the Moon because it is from the Moon that everything grows, first in our consciousness then later in the world. The Moon is the consciousness; it is the mind that has been with us for time immemorial. It is where our deep mental impressions (called samskaras) reside. When a planetary dasa runs, first we get the samskaras from that planet, based on our past karma with it, and then we act upon those samsaras, creating new karma.
It is important to note that assessing dasa periods in a general way is quite dicey. There are as many possibilities with dasas as there are charts. Venus for instance is a first rate benefic, yet as a dusthana lord or debilitated, her periods can seem like hell. Yet the planets have an innate quality and energy and when their period runs we will feel that energy for good or ill. When referring to these dasa periods we are also referring to their sub periods
Ketu – 7 years. First and foremost the Ketu’s job is to help us complete the karmas we are finishing inthis life. His job is to give us only what we need and take everything we do not need in order for our soul to develop.
Medical indications: Ketu can give Mars type of accidents and diseases as well as mysterious illnesses,muscular or nervous system disorders. Psychologically he gives self-doubt as well as a hyper criticism of all he is associating with.
Venus – 20 years. Venus is a time when we will mainly seek worldly happiness and a lovingpartnership. Coming after Ketu dasa, Marriage is often a theme in Venus dasas or a marriage that has more loving qualities of Venus. Wealth is also an important theme as are Women, children and other people in general. Venus as a benefic will want to give things to us and we must be careful not to fall into the worldly quality of her charms and sensual pleasures.
Medical indications: As a kapha planet she can give illnesses related to internal organs, mainly of thereproductive system, STD’s, as well as the kidneys, diabetes.
Sun – 6 years. The Sun dasa shows the time when the Souls energy burns deeply into the life. Wewould like to purify and hone our expression down to only that which serves to take us to the heights we have imagined. It is the time when we are finding our true selves. We may experience a crisis of confidence, which spurs the need to seek inner truth.
Medical Indications: The Sun rules the basic vitality and energy in the body, so if he is weak in the charthis dasa period may show an overall decline in vitality. Also he rules the heart and can give heart attacks in his dasa period.
Moon – 10 years. The Moon dasa is a time when we seek connection. Marriage, family andMotherhood (especially for women) will be themes. But also activities involving us with the public and other people will be themes. If the connections to family and children and home are absent, there could be much suffering in Moon dasa. It is also a time when memories of our own childhood can become major themes as the Moon rules our memories.
Medical Indications: The Moon shows the overall constitution and water in the body, the water thatmaintains our tissues. If the Moon is weak we will have excess vata, which makes for nervousness and anxiety in her dasa period. The Moon also rules the breasts and can show breast cancer or tumors when harmed.
Mars – 7 years The Mars dasa is another hot and fast dasa. It is a time when we will be involved in pursuing our goals with energy and passion. There will likely be a sense of excitement and energy during this time as well as a daring course through the 7 years of Mars dasa. Sports, competition and other interests will be important at this time.
Medical Indications: He brings stress, hypertension and overexertion, so health problems like heartattacks and other stress related ailments might appear during his dasa. Also problems with the blood, like leukemia are possible as Mars rules the marrow.
Rahu – 18 years. Rahu dasa is a time when our material life can spin out of control. Rahu is theplanet of our material attachment. Rahu is associated by sign, house and planetary conjunction and aspect with the qualities we are most in need of developing in this lifetime. As his energy eclipses our mind on a subconscious level, his dasa period can feel like things we do not understand are compelling us.
Medical Indications: Rahu creates mysterious illnesses, often time of the nervous system like weirdallergies, toxic poisonings and environmental diseases. Physical ailments that occur during Rahu periods are especially hard to cure because of the obscuring nature of this node. Many times a person will not become cured until Jupiter dasa, when suddenly something changes and they are better.
Jupiter – 16 years. After 18 years of Rahu we get the dasa of the great benefic Jupiter. As guru,Jupiter will always teach us something and give us something. His dasa periods bring children, marriage, wealth as well as titles and honors. Jupiter is the planet of hope, faith and optimism that allows us to keep going because we believe our best days are yet to come.
Medical indications: As a planet of expansion and a kapha planet, Jupiter can create obesity. Also he hasto do with allergies and excess phlegm. As ruling tissue he can be the excess mass that is shown by the body producing cancer cells.
Saturn – 19 years. The expansive nature of Jupiter gives way to the practical persevering quality ofSaturn dasa. Saturn dasa is a time when we will face our limitations. The inescapable truth is that our limited body and mind will perish one day. Saturn makes us aware of this through the aches and pains in our body; the death of our loved ones, chronic illness and the resulting fear of these things getting worse.
Medical: Saturn is the indicator of chronic illness. He is a vata planet that brings pain to the joints anddrying to the body. Arthritis, paralysis, constipation, cancer as well as problems with the knees, teeth and bones are possible in Saturn dasa. Psychologically, he brings depression, anxiety, fear, cynicism, bitterness and depression.
Mercury – 17 years. The limitations and restrictions that define Saturn dasa give way to the playfuland curious energy of Mercury dasa. Mercury dasa is a time of learning, experimentation, curiosity, mental stimulation and pursuing our interests.
Medical: Lungs, allergies, skin problems, Speech defects, Mercury is a planet of the mind, like the Moon,serious afflictions to him can manifest as mental illness.
The Sun is the Paramatman, the Purusha. As this provides the structure and support foreverything in life, it also rules be Ashti (bone) dhatu. The heat of the sun is digestive and consuming. It tends to feel harsh and leads to a Pitta dosha. The Gender is male and its motivation is Sattwic, illuminating and purifying.
The moon is the Jivatman, the Prakriti. This nature is one of flow and connection. As suchthe moon rules the Rakta Dhatu (Blood). The flow and connection of the moon is gentle and soothing. It brings comfort, but perhaps stagnation – kapha. The gender is female and the motivation is Sattvic, oriented to love and peace.
Mars rules the Fire Bhuta. His nature is hot, sharp, activating and directed. He rules themajja Dhatu (the marrow and nerve tissue). His active nature feels cruel, reckless and aggressive. His influence increases Pitta dosha. The gender is male and the motivation is disciplined and tamasic – protective (through anger).
Mercury rules the Earth Bhuta. His nature is flexible and adaptable. He rules the Rasa Dhatu(skin or plasma). He feels open, ready and able to facilitate whatever environment is present. As such, is gender is neutral (like a child) , but he tends to increase vata – activity. His motivation is toward activity and passion, rajsic.
Jupiter rules in the ether bhuta. His nature is protective, gracious and expansive. He rulesthe Meda Dhatu (fat / lymph). He is always looking at the bigger picture and make things large by nature. His influence feels gentle and his unctuous nature promotes kapha. Gender is masculine and is motivated toward righteousness, Sattwa.
Venus rules the water bhuta. Her nature is polite, yielding an accommodating. She rules theshukra dhatu (sperm/ojas shakti). She’s always assessing value and the price we have to pay for thngs, including our happiness. As such, she brings a gentle nature which promotes connection and kapha. Her gender is female and her motivation is toward activity and passion, rajasic.
Saturn rules of the air Bhuta. His nature is worried and stressed. He rulesthe Mamsa Dhatu (muscle) as it is the nature of hard work, effort and longevity. He brings the awareness of limitations and as such his influence feels cruel and promotes Vata dosha. His gender is neutral (like an old person) and his motivation is protective (through fear) – tamasic.
The Nodes are invisible force is and as such do not activate Bhutas or Dhatus. Theirinfluences are quite noticeable – but feel cruel are more psychological.
Rahu (North Node of the Moon) – Rahu tends to promote vata (fear) and bring confusionbased on irrational fears.
Ketu (South Node of the Moon) – Ketu tends to promote Pitta (anger) and brings confusionbased on intolerance.
The chart is generally a map of the planets, showing their signs, movements and associations with each other. The planets are the energizing factors in astrology – and in life. They each animate a different force within us. The activating qualities of the planets are all pervasive, from the most visible and apparent to the most subtle and mystical. Just as the nature of Ayurveda starts with the subtle principle of a “Tanmatra” – an essence – and shows that essence expressed tangibly through an organ of action an organ of knowledge and an element. The planets also have this energizing quality – operational on the three planes of existence: Body, Mind and Spirit – Tamas, Rajas, Sattwa..
Translation Chart of the Planets:
Ch. 3 – Graha Characters and Description
1. Maitreya: “O Mahārishi, you have affectionately explained about the incarnations of Grahas. Now kindly detail their characters and dispositions.
2-3. Paraśar: “O Brahmin, listen to the account of placement of the heavenly bodies. Out of the many luminous bodies sighted in the skies some are stars, yet some are Grahas. Those, that have no movements, are the Nakshatras (asterisms).
4-6. Those are called ‘Grahas’, that move through the Nakshatras (or stellar mansions) in the zodiac. The said zodiac comprises of 27 Nakshatras commencing from Ashvini. The same area is divided in 12 parts equal to 12 ‘Rashis’ commencing from Mesh. The names of the Grahas commence from Sūrya. The Rashi rising is known, as ‘Lagn’. Based on Lagn and the Grahas, joining and departing from each other, the native’s good and bad effects are deducted
Names of Grahas. The names of the nine Grahas, respectively, are Sūrya, Candr, Mangal, Budh, Guru, Śukr, Śani, Rahu and Ketu.
Benefics and Malefics. Among these, Sūrya, Śani, Mangal, decreasing Candr, Rahu and Ketu (the ascending and the descending nodes of Candr) are malefics, while the rest are benefics. Budh, however, is a malefic, if he joins a malefic.
12-13. Grah governances. Sūrya is the soul of all. Candr is the mind. Mangal is one’s strength. Budh is speech-giver, while Guru confers Knowledge and happiness. Śukr governs semen (potency), while Śani denotes grief.
14-15. Grah cabinet. Of royal status are Sūrya and Candr, while Mangal is the Army chief. Prince-apparent is Budh. The ministerial Grahas are Guru and Śukr. Śani is a servant. Rahu and Ketu form the Grah Army.
16-17. Complexions of Grahas. Sūrya is blood-red. Candr is tawny. Mangal, who is not very tall is blood-red, while Budh’s hue is akin to that of green grass. Tawny, variegated and dark are Guru, Śukr and Śani in their order.
Deities of Grahas. Agni, Varuna, Subrahmanya, Maha Vishnu, Indra, Shachi Devi and Brahma are the presiding deities of the 7 Grahas in their order.
Gender of the Grahas. Budh and Śani are neuters. Candr and Śukr are females, while Sūrya, Mangal and Guru are males.
Primordial compounds. The Panchabhutas, space, air, fire, water and earth, are, respectively, governed by Guru, Śani, Mangal, Śukr and Budh.
Castes of Grahas. Guru and Śukr are Brahmins. Sūrya is a royal Grah, while Candr and Budh belong to commercial community. Śani rules the Sudras (4th caste).
Sattvic Grahas are the luminaries and Guru, Śukr and Budh are Rajasik, while Mangal and Śani are Tamasic.
Description of Sūrya. Sūrya’s eyes are honey-coloured. He has a square body. He is of clean habits, bilious, intelligent and has limited hair (on his head).
Description of Candr. Candr is 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.
Description of Mangal. Mangal has blood-red eyes, is fickle-minded, liberal, bilious, given to anger and has thin waist and thin physique.
Description of Budh. Budh is endowed with an attractive physique and the capacity to use words with many meanings. He is fond of jokes. He has a mix of all the three humours.
Description of Guru. Guru has a big body, tawny hair and tawny eyes, is phlegmatic, intelligent and learned in Shastras.
Description of Śukr. Śukr is charming, has a splendourous physique, is excellent, or great in disposition, has charming eyes, is a poet, is phlegmatic and windy and has curly hair.
Description of Śani. Śani has an emaciated and long physique, has tawny eyes, is windy in temperament, has big teeth, is indolent and lame and has coarse hair.
Description of Rahu and Ketu. Rahu has smoky appearance with a blue mix physique. He resides in forests and is horrible. He is windy in temperament and is intelligent. Ketu is akin to Rahu.
Primary ingredients (or Sapth Dhatus). Bones, blood, marrow, skin, fat, semen and muscles are, respectively, denoted by the Grahas: Sūrya, Candr, Mangal, Budh, Guru, Śukr and Śani.
Abodes of the Grahas. Temple, watery place, place of fire, sport-ground, treasure-house, bed-room and filthy ground: these are, respectively, the abodes for the seven Grahas from Sūrya onward.
Grah periods. Ayan, Muhurta, a day (consisting day and night), Ritu, month, fortnight and year: these are the periods allotted to the Grahas from Sūrya to Śani.
Tastes of the Grahas. Pungent, saline, bitter, mixed, sweet, acidulous and astringent are, respectively, tastes lorded by Sūrya, Candr, Mangal, Budh, Guru, Śukr and Śani.
35-38. Strengths of Grahas. Strong in the East are Budh and Guru. Sūrya and Mangal are so in the South, while Śani is the only Grah, that derives strength in the West. Candr and Śukr are endowed with vigour, when in the North.
39-40. Related to trees. Sūrya rules strong trees (i.e. trees with stout trunks), Śani useless trees, Candr milky trees (and rubber yielding plants), Mangal bitter ones (like lemon plants), Śukr floral plants, Guru fruitful ones and Budh fruitless ones.
41-44. Other matters. Rahu rules the outcaste, while Ketu governs mixed caste. Śani and the nodes indicate ant-hills. Rahu denotes multi-coloured clothes and Ketu rags. Lead and blue gem belong to Rahu and Ketu. Sūrya, Candr, Mangal, Budh, Guru, Śukr and Śani in their order govern red silken, white silken, red, black silken, saffron, silken and multi-coloured robes.
45-46. Seasons of Grahas. Vasanta, Greeshma, Varsh, Sarad, Hemanta and Sisir are the six Ritus (or seasons), respectively, governed by Śukr, Mangal, Candr, Budh, Guru and Śani. Rahu and Ketu denote 8 months and 3 months, respectively.
Dhatu, Mool and Jiva Divisions. Dhatu Grahas are Rahu, Mangal, Śani and Candr, while Sūrya and Śukr are Mula Grahas. Budh, Guru and Ketu rule Jivas.
Age. Out of all the Grahas Śani is the eldest. He bestows maximum number of years in Naisargik Dasha.