Most people know the planets as giant objects floating around in space. These planets have been moving rhythmically around our solar system for billions of years. That kind of consistency, no matter what the object, will create patterns of predictable behavior. These patterns are literally built into our DNA…
In Vedic science we learn how to relate to the planets using the law of analogy & correspondence, a natural law that states, “As above, so below. As within, so without”. This means that we can understand the vast & unreachable objects of our solar system by studying something within our grasp that’s alike in principle. The same rule applies in reverse. This is the foundation of Vedic astrology. By studying the patterns of matter, we can predict the behavior of spirit. Vedic astrology is also known as “Jyotish”, which roughly translates as, “the science of light”.
Modern science has now confirmed what the Vedic texts have declared for thousands of years; that whatever we see and experience in physical form originates from an unseen and metaphysical vibrational field. The planets that we see and experience in the visible sky originate from an unseen and metaphysical field of vibration. This is the same vibrational field that our physical body, and all matter, originates & emanates from.
The 7 planets of Vedic science – consisting of the 2 luminaries (Sun & Moon), 2 inner planets (Mercury & Venus), and 3 outer planets (Mars, Jupiter & Saturn) – represent a unique frequency, or seed vibration. We don’t use the 2 distant planets because they don’t appear in the night sky as points of light. The science of light deals with the observable sky.
The number 7 is important because we have known for ages that light separates into 7 parts when passing through a prism. Much like the principle of light, we can understand ourselves by separating the whole into 7 parts.
Here are the 7 qualities of human nature:
The sun is the source of power and consistency in our solar system, which provides light and warmth to sustain life on earth. Within ourselves, the sun represents our ability to hold a consistent vision for the future, take responsibility, and provide for our loved ones in daily life. We experience this as our confidence, authority, and physical vitality. It’s the externalization and expression of our deeper nature
The moon is the balancing force of our planet, which regulates the ocean tides and fertility cycles on earth. Within ourselves, the moon represents our ability to absorb and integrate energy from the external environment. We experience this as our thoughts and emotions. It’s the internalization and reflection upon our deeper nature.
Mercury is the closest planet to the sun. It’s so small and so close to the sun that it’s difficult to explain how it hasn’t been swallowed by the sun’s gravitational field. Within ourselves, Mercury represents the process of explanation between the deeper self and the outside world. We experience this as the story we’re telling ourselves about life on earth, and consequently what we’re telling the outside world about ourselves. It’s our intellect and communication skills.
Venus is the second planet from the sun and the nearest neighbor to earth. It’s the brightest and most beautiful object in the night sky, next to the moon. Within ourselves, Venus represents the perception of beauty, pleasure, and how life feels through the 5 senses. We experience this as the ability to share experiences and fulfill desires with other people. It’s our manners and relationship skills.
Mars is the next planet outside the orbit of earth. It can be identified in the night sky by its red hue. Within ourselves, Mars represents the ability to take action in the moment and defend our boundaries. The best laid plans are worthless unless we can do the right thing at the right time. We experience this as the strength to put our principles into action. It’s our courage and willpower.
Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system. It’s so big that it nearly became another star. Within ourselves, Jupiter represents the ability to see the bigger picture and define our principles. Part of being human means growing towards an ideal version of yourself, and we experience Jupiter as the inspiration to create that experience. It’s our morals and higher purpose.
Saturn is the farthest planet to cast its light into our night sky. It’s by far the slowest moving planet of the 7 mentioned, taking more than twice as long as Jupiter and almost 30 times as long as Earth to complete an orbit around the sun. Within ourselves, Saturn represents our fears & limitations, but also the ability to learn and grow from our mistakes. We experience this as the ability to take an honest look at ourselves in order to make progress in life. It’s our boundaries and responsibilities.
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