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Moon in Vedic Astrology

Basic Astronomical facts about Moon
It is the only natural satellite of earth and only object in space visited by humans. It has a diameter of about 3,475 kilometers. Its mean distance from the earth is about 3,84,403 kilometer. Moon takes 27.3 days to make one orbit around the Earth and it also takes exactly same duration, which is 27.3 days to complete one rotation on its axis. That's why we always see the same face of the Moon. The Moon's gravity is about one-sixth than that of the Earth's. The surface of the Moon has many craters formed by meteor crashes. Moon is the causes tides in the Earth's large water bodies, because of the gravity force Its average geocentric motion per day is 13°10'35". The Moon never seems retrograde as it rotates round the Sun along with Earth.

The Moon in Hindu Mythology
Three supreme gods Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva disguised as monks, came to test Anasuya, the wife of Atri Rishi and demanded that she feed them milk from her breasts. The great Anasuya with her spirutal powers got to know the truth and and turned these three gods into babies and feed them as they desired. Immensely pleased and impressed with Anasuya, lords of the universe blessed her to have great children. Shiva's blessing caused the birth of Durvasas rishi, Vishnu's blessing resulted in the birth of Dattatreya, and Brahma's boon caused the Moon's birth.

The Moon was then worshipped by all the celestials. He later married all the twenty seven daughters of Daksha and they were non other than twenty seven constellations or nakshatras. Out of his twenty seven wives Moon preferred only Rohini, and always remained with her. Other twenty-six sisters pleaded Moon to spend equal time with all of them. But Moon ignored them and with no option left these twenty-six sisters complained to their father, Daksha, who tried twice to reason with Moon, his son in law, but Moon ignored it as well. Daksha then lost his temper and cursed the Moon to suffer with consumption.

Every day the Moon started to wane, losing his glow and no remedy could cure him. The gods also got alarmed at the possibility life on Earth will be affected without Moon, approached Daksha and asked him to modify his curse so that life continues on Earth. Daksha then modified his curse on condition that Moon has to spend one day with each of his wives and the consumption will effect him for fourteen days and in next fourteen days he will gain back his form. Thus, the Moon now waxes and wanes in cycle of twenty seven days and he visits each of his wife once a month, for one day. Moon had no children by his twenty-seven wives, but he have four sons by another wife, named Manohara. But most famous son of the Moon is the planet Mercury.

A powerful race of hindu kings are supposed to be the direct descendant of Moon god know as Chandravanshi, first king of this dynasty was Bharat, a legendary emperor of India, he conquered all of India, uniting it into a single entity. Bhārat today is the official name of the Republic of India and later Pandavas and Kauravas were born in this dynasty. Names mentioned for the Moon in hindu mythology are Amalendu (stainless clean), Chandra (glittering, shining), Divyendu (divine spark), Dvijendra (twice-born), Himanshu (snow covered), Mayank (deer marked), Nishanath (lord of the nght), Nishikant (lover of night), Rakesh (ruler of the day of full moon), Shashank (natural satellite), Shashi (hare-like), Soma (the cooling one ), Sudhakar (source of nectar), Sudhanshu (drop of nectar).

Basic Astrological facts about Moon
Gender of Moon: Feminine.
Moon is the karaka or significator of: Mind and Emotion.
Moon as relationship signifies: Mother.
Planetary cabinet status of Moon: Queen.
Temperament of Moon: Fickle and Changeable.
Element governed by Moon: jala or Water.
Primary quality or guna of Moon: Sattva Guna or Serenity.
Caste of the Moon: Vaishya or Trader.
Nature of Moon: Benefic when waxing otherwise malefic.
Directional strength of Moon: In the Fourth House.
Directional weakness of Moon: In the Tenth House.

Moon rules the zodiacal Sign: Cancer
Moon rules the zodiacal House: Natural astrological Fourth house.
Sign of exaltation of Moon: Taurus.
Sign of debilitation of Moon: Scorpio.
Determent or weak sign of Moon: Capricorn.
Moon's friends are: Sun and Mercury.
Moon's enemies are: None.
Moon is neutral with: Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
Moon's Vimshottari Dasha period: Ten Years.
Nakshatras or Lunar mansions governed by Moon are: Rohini Nakshatra, Hasta Nakshatra and Shravana Nakshatra.

Body part governed by Moon: The Face.
Day of the week governed by Moon: Monday.
Direction ruled by Moon: North-West.
Season governed by Moon: Varsha or Rainy season.
Metals governed by Moon: Silver.
Gemstone governed by Moon: Pearl.
Substitute gemstones governed by Moon: Moonstone.
Colors ruled by Moon: White and Silvery.
Food and flavors governed by Moon: Things of salty taste.
Geometrical shape governed by Moon: A circle.
Numbers as per Numerology governed by Moon: Numbers 2, 11, 20, 29 and all those that adds up to 2, are governed by it.

Positive key words for Moon: Sympathy, Receptivity, Protective & Good memory.
Negative key words for Moon: Touchiness, Worry, Emotional instability, Moodiness & smothering love.

Body parts, function and diseases governed Moon
Body parts and function governed by it are the breasts, stomach, alimentary canal, lower ribs, womb, menstrual cycle and lymphatic system.

Professions governed by the Moon
Employment in fields related to fluids, liquids, water, real estate, service industry and public relation. Traders dealing in sugar, milk, milk products, dairy farm, cloth manufacturers and merchants. Sailors, fishermen, liquor dealers, brewery workers, nurses, midwives, domestic help, poultry raisers, chinaware and glassware manufacturers, fruit and vegetable farmers, restaurant owners and workers, waiters and waitresses.

The Mantras for Moon:
Beej Mantra of Moon:
Om shram sree shrau sah somaye namah

The Moon Stotra:
Dadhishankha tushaarabham kshiro darnava sambhavam namaami shashinam somam shambhor mukuta bhushanam

Gayatri Mantra of Moon:
Om padma dhwajaaya vidmahae heem rupaaya dheemahi tanno soma prachodayaat

Remedies for Moon to be performed if Sun is not well placed in the horoscope:

  • Worshiping the ruling deity of the Moon, Devi Parvati or Gouri.
  • Recitation of Annapoorna stotra.
  • Reciting of Moon Mantras.
  • Charity: Donate cow’s milk, rice and white cloth on Monday to virgin females.
  • Fasting: On Mondays.
  • Pooja: Devi Parvati or Gouri pooja.
  • Rudraksh: Wear two mukhi (two faced or Gauri Shankar) Rudraksh.

  • Written by Sanjay Sharma, © 2011-2018.

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