The Sun is the centre of the solar system,
and despite its distance from Earth, has a seminal impact on our
planet. Astrologically, the Sun is often called the King of Planets.
The Earth revolves round the Sun in approximately one year. The
Earth rotates on its own axis in 24 hours. The Moon is Earths
nearest neighbour and has considerable influence on our planet.
The Moon -- known as the Queen among planets -- moves around the
Earth in 28 days and takes 2 and a half days to move in one zodiac
The time each planet takes to complete its orbit or revolution across
the zodiac is given below :
Sun : 365.2422 days
Jupiter : 11.86 years
Saturn : 29.46 years
Mercury : 87.97 days
Venus : 224.70 days
Moon : 27.32 days
Mars : 1.9 years
Uranus : 84.02 years
Neptune : 164.77 years
Pluto : 248.42 years
Rahu ( the Dragons Head) and Ketu ( the Dragons Tail)
the shadowy planets ( i.e. imaginary points of intersection in the
path of other planets) in Indian astrology, always move in a retrograde
movement. The Sun and the Moon are the only planets which are never
retrograde. The movements of the planets are not uniform, their
motions being less or more on certain days.
The Sun symbolizes the vital process by which other planetary energies
in your horoscope are integrated, or wasted. The King of planets,
the Sun represents the human soul and is a source of pivotal energy.
In Indian astrology, his nature is cruel in nature, and he is a
Kshatriya by caste. The Sun is often erroneously mistaken to be
The Moon has for long centuries been known to exert influence over
tides, and over an individuals personality.In Indian astrology,
the Moon is regarded as the queen among planets and is ranked next
to the Sun. Just as the Sun represents the soul, the Moon represents
It also represents, personality, feeling, emotions, passions, pleasure
and pain. The Moon is the only planet which waxes and wanes and
this is what we on earth term as the brighter and darker half
. In India, the former is called the Shukla Paksha and the
latter, Krishna Paksha.The waxing Moon is benefic, whereas the waning
is usually malefic. Some astrologers consider the Moon to be benefic
from fifth of Shukla Paksha to the fifth of Krishna paksha and malefic
Moon is female and Vaisya by the caste according to the Manu Samhita.
Obviously, she influences more strongly during the night as compared
to the Sun's activity during the day.The Moon is a satellite of
the Earth and nearest to the Earth, and as such has a remarkably
strong effect on the life of this planet. In Indian astrology, monthly
forecasts are often made on the basis of the transits of planets
from the natal Moon. The Moon thus occupies a pivotal position in
the Indian system of astrology.
Astrologically, Mars is a planet of dynamic energy, practical action,
impulse, creative force, heat and activation. It represents war
and military affairs. courage, physical strength, anger, passion,
fire, explosives, machinery, male sexuality. Mars represents expanding
force, awakening desire and an outgoing temperament.
In Indian astrology, Mars is a male, a dry planet and a significator
of stamina, courage, ambition, desire, weapons and immovable property.
He is the commander-in-chief, representing physical strength in
humans and is a Kshatriya by caste. He is often considered cruel
Jupiter, the Prime Minister in the solar system according to Indian
astrology, is the largest planet. It has long been associated astrologically
with growth and expansion. It also symbolizes faith, our understanding
of god, law, philosophy, politics, higher education, travel, spiritual
and material matters.
In Indian astrology, Jupiter represents, amongst other things, wisdom
and happiness. He is benefic and masculine by instinct, Brahmin
by caste and has eyes of the colour of honey.
Named after the Goddess of love, Venus symbolizes all that is beautiful,
artistic, close partnerships and relationships, women and sensuous
sexuality, style, taste. In Indian astrology,Venus often assumes
the posture of a parallel Prime Minister. She represents lust and
passion amongst humans. In Indian astrology, Venus is a benefic
planet and a Brahmin by caste, with feminine instincts.
In Western mythology, Mercury is the Messenger of the Gods, carrying
information between mortals and the deities residing on Mount Olympus.
In Indian astrology,Mercury is the heir-apparent or prince. He is
a messenger of the Sun and represents the mind and the intellect.
The most unique character of the fast-moving Mercury is its power
of commanding other planets and imbibing their qualities and characteristics.
If associated with the Sun, Mercury will gain in dignity, position,
prestige. Mercurys association with the Moon will enhance
the native's interest in the occult, and parapsychology and so on.
He represents speech in human beings. He would be benefic when associated
with benefics, malefic combined with malefics. Mercury is a Shudra
by caste and considered impotent. Some describe him as a female
Generally, Saturn is considered a teacher, but a harsh one. In Western
astrology, Saturns sway covers, amongst other things. rules
and regulations, the government, exams and tecahers, economic recession
and so on. Curiously, In Indian astrology, Saturn, a servant by
nature is considered the weakest of the planets and yet he is one
of the most important and most feared planets, being a malefic.
In Indian astrology, he belongs to a low or mixed caste, representing
discipline, system, order, diligence, prudence, discretion, persistence,
obedience and faithfulness.However, the beneficial effects of Saturn
are often misundertsood or no properly understood.
RAHU (DRAGONS HEAD)
Rahu, considered a malefic, is a shadowy planet, always in retrograde
motion. In Indian Astrology, Rahu is a fisher-man by caste, a Mlechchha,
i.e., of wicked disposition, and is courageous, inhabits mountains
and forests, and causes epilepsy, pox, worms, suicide, leprosy.At
the same time, Rahu is regarded an accelerator and a catalyst. It
magnifies the noble qualities of a house provided, of course, that
it is strongly placed and free from blemishes.
KETU (DRAGONS TAIL)
Ketu too is a shadowy planet. It is a planet of secrets and mysteries.
It catches snakes and is a sanyasin by profession. She lives on
alms, belongs to a mixed caste and knows mantras. She is a medical
practitioner, grateful but clever, and dexterous, makes pilgrimages,
practices Yoga, has divine and supernatural strength and helps in
salvation of man from the cycle of birth and rebirth. Ketu is often
described as a eunuch karmic planet.