The “planets” of Vedic Astrology are the moving objects that can be observed in the sky, of which there are 7 – Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn. The Sanskrit word for planet is, “Graha” which is the origin of words like, “grab” & “grasp” because planets are the keepers of our karma. When their time comes, they will “grab” our attention and deliver the karma we have with that particular energy. The ancient saying goes, “As above, so below. As within, so without” which tells us that while we’re a part of the solar system, the solar system is a part of us in return. We can understand the source energy that manifests into planets by connecting with the same energy that manifests within ourselves. Here’s a summary of all 7 energetic forces to help you recognize these 7 planets within you:
The Sun is our source of power and vitality, both in the sky and within ourselves. The capacity to express ourselves in the world and empower others is related to the Sun. On a physical level, our body’s health & vitality comes from the Sun. Through the mind, our capacity to maintain career responsibilities and provide for our family is related to the Sun’s energy. At a spiritual level, our ability to purify in body, mind, and spirt, becoming one with the universe & reaching “enlightenment” comes from the Sun. Just like the Sun, we have to be generous with our unique gifts and talents, sharing our light without expecting anything in return.
The Moon is our source of rhythm and balance, both in the sky and within ourselves. The capacity to be receptive and establish an emotional connection with other people is related to the Moon. On a physical level, our body’s fertility cycles and sensitivity to environmental change comes from the Moon. Through the mind, our capacity to feed, nurture, and respond to other people’s needs is related to the Moon’s energy. At a spiritual level, our ability to allow, accept, and integrate with each moment “exactly as it is” comes from the Moon. Just like the Moon, we have to allow our light to wax & wane with no attachments and no aversions.
Mars is our source of conditioned animal instinct, which fights for survival and defends our boundaries. The capacity to put ideas into action and do the right thing at the right time is related to Mars. On a physical level, our body’s strength and protective instinct comes from Mars. Through the mind, our capacity to surmount external challenges and handle conflict with other people is related to Mars’ energy. At a spiritual level, our ability to act with courage and discipline comes from Mars. Instead of blaming others and playing the victim, we need to find and overcome any limitations or obstacles that prevent us from embodying our highest Self.
Mercury is our source of cognitive function, which gathers and shares information. The capacity to try new things, develop skills, and communicate with precision & accuracy is related to Mercury. On a physical level, our body’s ability to analyze and process sensory input/output comes from Mercury. Through the mind, our pursuit of information, skills, fun, and social interaction is related to Mercury’s energy. At a spiritual level, our ability to approach an experience with childlike curiosity and observe life without a confirmation bias comes from Mercury. When we get stuck in a cycle of conditioned behavior, Mercury helps us find a way out of the current paradigm by changing our perspective and not taking an outcome so personally.
Jupiter is our source of “big picture” beliefs & philosophies that connect the “how” to a “why”. The capacity to feel a sense of purpose and direction, expanding towards a higher version of ourselves is related to Jupiter. On a physical level, our body’s ability to grow and heal itself comes from Jupiter. Through the mind, our belief in other people and worldly philosophies is related to Jupiter’s energy. At a spiritual level, our ability to trust the invisible energies and use our intuition as a guidance system comes from Jupiter. Without some kind of answer for why this is all happening, we can’t go on living life and picking ourselves up after life knocks us down, so Jupiter helps us transcend the difficulties of life and keep on believing that the sun will rise again tomorrow.
Venus is our source of sensual pleasure and enjoyment, which keeps track of our needs and other people’s. The capacity to compromise some of our desires in service of a mutual goal is related to Venus. On a physical level, our body’s sensory attractions and regulatory chemicals comes from Venus. Through the mind, our ability to make other people happy and respect their needs as equal to our own is related to Venus. At a spiritual level, our ability to experience happiness for no reason, beyond self & others, without condition or transaction, comes from Venus. All 7 planets are equally important, but it seems that most of our difficulties are wrapped up in our navigation of Venus’ energy. We come here to test what we think we know in the world of desire and consequence, and relationships (romantic or business) are the focal point of this testing ground.
Saturn is our source of time-bound awareness, which is the storehouse of past mistakes that we want to avoid repeating in the future. The capacity to set boundaries, stick to priorities, and endure short term pain for long term gain is related to Saturn. On a physical level, our body’s vital functions and ability to stay alive comes from Saturn. Through the mind, our capacity to hold onto or let go of a long term goal is related to Saturn. At a spiritual level, our ability to experience peaceful solitude, comfortable silence, and complete stillness comes from Saturn. Everything we’ve ever accomplished through our own effort is partly thanks to Saturn. When the going gets tough, Saturn keeps us going, just as long as we aren’t afraid to do the work.
Each of these 7 energies is a component of human nature. Some components you may recognize as a source of difficulty in your life and others may seem completely natural and operate with ease. This condition of ease or difficulty is a measurement of your karma with each planet. If one planet is placed in a difficult area of the sky and influenced by other planets that it doesn’t agree with, it shows that you have difficult karma to work through in your life. When the time comes that you need to work on that karma, you will receive the fruits of your past actions and you get the opportunity to test what you think you’ve learned.
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