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Astrology and Ayurveda have gone hand-in-hand since the beginning of time, and the ancient Hindu system of Jyotish (astrology) is much older and complex than the West.
Here, we will detail just how planets relate to Ayurvedic medicine alone, and through divisional charts (amshas), astrological periods in your life (mahadashas) and other factors of planetary locations, we can see diseases that may manifest in your life.
These are especially good for psychological ailments, as these can be seen by the karma of the individual.
According to the ancient Astrological (Jyotish) Seer, Maharishi Parashara in his Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra (III.25), there are various natures for each of the planets, relating to Ayurvedic doshas or humors.
Here, we will examine these before going further into these example-discussions presented here.
These humors or doshas are the Pitta-dosha (fire humor), the Kapha-dosha (water humor) and the Vata-dosha or wind-humor.
These are as follows:
Surya (Sun) – Pitta (Fiery)
Soma (Moon) – Kapha (Watery)
Mangal (Mars) – Pitta (Fiery)
Budha (Mercury) – Tridoshic (Kapha, Pitta, Vata)
Brihaspati (Jupiter) – Kapha (Watery)
Shukra (Venus) – Kapha (Watery)
Shani (Saturn) – Vata (Wind)
Also here are discussed the various types of foods relating to their tastes, to each planet. These are (BPHS, III. 34):
Surya (Sun) – Pungent tastes
Soma (Moon) - Salty tastes
Mangal (Mars) – Bitter tastes
Budha (Mercury) – Mixed tastes
Brihaspati (Jupiter) – Sweet tastes
Shukra (Venus) – Acid or Citric tastes
Shani (Saturn) – Astringent tastes
These can relate to different types of foods as well as herbal formulas.
For example, Triphala Churna, a famous Ayurvedic compound of three fruits (tri – three + phala = fruit) can be described as a “Tridoshic” compound to balance all three humors or doshas, as well as possessing an astringent taste.
It can hence relate to Budha or Mercury in regards to relating to all Three Doshas or Humors (or really any planet or dosha). But specifically it relates to Shani or Saturn in regards to taste, as well as it’s detoxification properties, which relate to Saturn.
In this regard, Triphala would best be taken on a Saturday, in accordance with the day of Saturn, and the transformative properties of Saturn. As Saturn also relates to the taste and also Vata-dosha or the Wind-humor, it is important here to balance one’s Prana (life-force) in the body, a property of Vata or Wind itself, in a higher aspect.
These can be explained more in detail in other articles and works (visit http://www.satyavidya.com), but here we have given an overview of the planets and their tastes, in relation to herbs and foodstuffs.
Each planet also has their own Guna or temperament / mode of nature. These are Sattvo-guna (quality of goodness and purity); Rajo-Guna (Quality of Passion) and Tamo-guna (Quality of darkness).
These can also be correlated in regards to the types of herbs and foods taken as well.
These are described below:
Surya (Sun) – Sattvo-guna (Purity)
Soma (Moon) – Sattvo-guna (Purity)
Mangal (Mars) – Tamo-Guna (Darkness)
Budha (Mercury) – Rajo-Guna (Passion)
Brihaspati (Jupiter) – Sattvo-guna (Purity)
Shukra (Venus) – Rajo-Guna (Passion)
Shani (Saturn) – Tamo-Guna (Darkness)
Of these, we also note the seven different bodily tissues (sapta-dhatus) that are related to the planets:
Surya (Sun) – Asthi (Bones)
Soma (Moon) – Rakta (Blood)
Mangal (Mars) – Majja (Marrow or Nerves)
Budha (Mercury) – Rasa (Skin)
Brihaspati (Jupiter) – Meda (Fat)
Shukra (Venus) – Shukra (Semen)
Shani (Saturn) – Mamsa (Muscles)
These are also to be taken into account in Ayurvedic medicines and their preparations.
Please also consider these tissues with regards to the next level of correlations, in relation to the Astrological Houses (called Sthanas - “Abodes” or Bhavas – “Temperaments”) and then the systems of the sub-doshas or sub-humors, which will be described in respective fashion.
We will mention here, with regards to one’s charts, that the 27 Nakshatras (Constellations) are also important. Nakshatras (Constellations) are Birth-Stars at the time of birth and represent the general temperament, characteristics and future of the individual.
We won’t discuss these here, but we will make examples later on.
We will also make example of Muhurthas or Time-frames during the day, of which there are 30 Muhurthas in one day. The timing of these and the deities ruling these can also help determine factors in one’s charts.
Other factors are taken into account, but again we make just generalized examples in relation to the Grahas (Planets) here and their effects.
At Arogya Ayurvedic Health, we can guide you through these various factors and how they relate to you in your life and what is important for you.
Astrology is a complex subject, and we can show you how exactly it can work for you, and various examples of how Ayurvedic Astrology can help in disease, and various remedies available.
Lakshmi Devi, Goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity, who relates to the planet Shukra (Venus).
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