{hinduloka} $title={Table of Content} The role of the Shiva Complex in Vedic astrology

Shiva has a central but complex role in Vedic astrology, associated with a number of planetary energies, although he has certain planetary associations.

Shiva’s relationship with the Sun is very strong and deep. He is Pratyadhi-Devata , the third level or highest Devata of the Sun, after Surya as Devata and Agni as Adhidevata

Shiva represents the pure transcendent light or Prakasha behind all other forms of light in the universe, real and intangible, which is discussed in detail in Shaivite philosophy. The Sun as Self ( Atman, Purusha ) shows the nature of our transcendent Shiva, the highest light, not just the most famous of our solar system.

Shiva of the trinity of great Cosmic Gods who governs the Sun and the movement of time specifically represents the transformative and destructive aspects of the energy of the sun, compared to Vishnu as the maintainer and Brahma as the creator.

But Shiva is often seen as the god of the Moon in his relationship with the night, which is unknown, magical and mysterious. He is associated primarily with the fading Moon, just before it becomes new. Shiva wore a crescent moon on his head.

Mahahivaratri, Shiva's great night, is marked by the last visible crescent, which symbolizes Shiva's power over the mind in the early morning. The moon as Soma indicates the happy nature of Shiva.

Here we must recognize two aspects of Shiva's energy. Its fiery form or Rudra has solar energy and is associated with Agni as fire and purification. His gentler peace -giving energy as Shankara is more lunar, related to Soma , which he holds as the healing power of the plant. These are two aspects of Ayurvedic medicine as reduction and tonification, removing toxins and dosha , on the one hand, and promoting rejuvenation ( rasayana ) on the other.

The moon is more often associated with the queen Shiva and the form of Shakti . These include Ma Kali, Durga and Uma Parvati, all of whom relate to different phases of the Moon and have astrological correspondence at different levels.

Shiva and the Planets

Skanda  (brother of  Ganesha ) of the son of Shiva, is the main Devata for the planet Mars and is associated with Agni or Fire, like Shiva himself. The energy of the sun and the fire of Shiva is reflected through Mars and Skanda . He is the son of Shiva as the leader of the army of the Gods, destroying the demons born of time and ignorance. Skanda is known as Subrahmanya, Kartikkeya and Murugan and is described as a Shaivite hermit . He is sometimes associated with the young Dakshinamurti form of Shiva.

As the god of time as a whole ( Kala ), Shiva is associated with Saturn, which moves the slowest among the major planets that governs longer periods of time and is a great calculator of karma. Saturn appears in Vedic astrology with aspects of Shiva's symbolism, like his trinity, and like Shiva gives peace to those who receive the guidance of his discipline. Shiva as Shankara and Shani both reflect the roots of the voice of Sham which gives peace.

Shiva has a relationship with Venus or Shukra , known to only a few, who has the power to control it, because Venus appears either as a morning or night star not far from the Sun, which absorbs it back into itself. Solar Shiva and Venus are associated with ecstasy, transformation, death and rebirth.

As the ruler of snakes or transformative energy/lightning in the universe ( Ahipati, Nageshvara ), Shiva rules over Rahu and Ketu , the two moons, and the dramatic eclipses associated with them. Shiva can drink poison and is not affected by it.

Rahu's negative astral energy that disturbs the mind and makes us psychically vulnerable is nothing to him, for whom the mind is only a shadow. Ketu specifically shows Moksha , the liberation of consciousness bestowed by Shiva. This also shows his third eye.

Shiva and Nakshatra

Shiva is associated with a number of Nakshatras . The most important are Mrigashiras (23 20 Taurus -06  40 Gemini), which is the form of Soma Shiva , and Ardra (06 40 -20 00 Gemini), which is the form of his Rudra . This marks the region of Orion, which is entirely associated with Shiva as the god of death and immortality, and the Gemini point across from the Center of the Galaxy in Sagittarius. The nearest Krittika (26 40 Aries - 10 00 Taurus), the Pleiades, ruled by Agni , is also connected to Shiva's fire energy.

Shiva has connections with many other Nakshatras , especially Jyeshta (16 40 - 30 00 Scorpio), where his ruling power emerges. The Vedic deities in the Rudra (Atmosphere) environment control many Nakshatras .

Shiva as Mahakala, the Ruler of Time

Overall Shiva as Mahakala , the great god of time, Shiva rules over eternity as well as all the planets from which the various cycles of time arise. Ganesha , his son is the Devata of Vedic astrology as a whole and governs the dispensation of Karma.

As Mrityunjaya, the conqueror of death, Shiva takes us beyond death and sorrow. As the supreme Yogi and Adi Natha  , he is the supreme teacher. Because Omkara Shiva is the basis of all the universal forces of time. However we want to see it in terms of Vedic astrology, Shiva is the core of it all.

The Shiva-Kali axis in Vedic Astrology 

The Shiva-Kali axis in Vedic astrology is the important axis between the Center of the Galaxy at the beginning of Sagittarius (Kali) and the point opposite it or the Anti-Galactic Center at the beginning of Gemini (Shiva). This marks the two sides of the zodiac from looking inward from our solar system towards the center of the galaxy in Sagittarius to looking outward from the center of the galaxy of Gemini (Orion). It contains many secrets of creation and destruction, karma and transcendence.

The center of the Galaxy falls on the Beginning Nakshatra, which marks 13 degrees in the first 20 minutes of the Sagittarius sign. Began to be ruled by Ketu as the influence of the planet, the southern node of the Moon, also called the tail of the Dragon or the tail of the serpent. The headless body of the serpent symbolizes the powerful energy of death and transformation. The leading deity of Mula is Nirriti, which means rejection or disaster, but also Mula means the opposite, root or origin. In connection with this duality of creation and destruction, Mula is associated with Kali, the Goddess of Time who also governs eternity.

Start connecting with Adya Kali as the original, Mother of the Universe and the highest creative force. It is connected to the Muladhara or root chakra at the base of the spine and to the Kundalini Shakti, the power of the serpent. Both sides of manifestation/creation, and destruction/destruction are contained in the Beginning. Start is the main abode of Shakti in the zodiac.

The Anti-Galactic Center, or point opposite the Galactic Center, is between the two Nakshatras Mrigashira (23 20 Taurus — 06 40 Gemini and Ardra, 06 40-20 00 Gemini). We can say that the Central Axis of the Galaxy is from 06 40 Sagittarius at its center to 06 40 on the opposite side.

Ardra is the Nakshatra of Rudra or the vicious or destructive form of Shiva. It is ruled by Rahu, the northern node of the Moon or the head of the snake or Dragon on the other side of Ketu in a sense. Ardra refers to storms and rain where thunder and lightning are released. At a higher level, this thunder is also the cosmic sound of OM. Rahu is a piece of Snake's head, which with Ketu together forms a whole body. The serpent symbolizes electrical energy, prana and Shakti in Vedic thought, both as creative and dangerous, transformational and difficult to control.

Orion and Lord Shiva

We can better understand the influence of this astrology when we remember that Gemini in the zodiac is also associated with Orion as a constellation located just below it in the northern sky. Ardra is specifically associated with the star Betelgeuse or the red giant star in the left arm of Orion, which is the star of Rudra because Rudra also means red. Betelgeuse marks the point across the center of the galaxy and the boundary between Ardra and Mrigashira as Nakshatras.

The chief deity of Mrigashira meanwhile is Soma or the creative form of Shiva ruled by the planet Mars. Mrigashira is depicted as the head of a deer, pierced by a hunter's arrow (figuratively seen in the three stars of the Orion belt). Symbolically, Mrigashira is associated with the human head and the crown chakra, including the severed head or mind that is transcended in the higher practice of Yoga.

But Soma is also the principle of happiness and the nectar of eternity that we all seek and hunt. What the nectar of the Gods is poison to ordinary human beings. The happiness of the Gods can be poison to human beings who do not want to give up their death to become eternal. These two Nakshatras are related to the two aspects of the creation and destruction of Lord Shiva, such as how the two aspects of Kali as creation and transformation took place in the Beginning.

06 40 Sagittarius or the central part of the Start Nakshatra more specifically marks the Center of the Galaxy, while 06 40 Gemini or the point between Mrigashira and Ardra more specifically marks the point of the Anti -Galaxy Center.

The center of the galaxy, therefore, is the point of the Mother, the place of origin where the largest and most concentrated mass of stars exist in the galaxy, but is also the point of return. The anti-Galactic center is the place of the Father, looking into infinite space beyond the formed galaxy world and all limitations.

The central axis of this Galaxy and the opposite point is the Kali-Shiva axis. This is the strongest place of the correction and transformation of karma in the chart. It is also the main axis of Ketu-Rahu in terms of the ruling planet. Energy flows back and forth between these two points in various interrelated ways. Cosmic energy enters the galaxy through Ardra to the highest concentration at Mula at the center of the galaxy.

Rahu and Ketu: Moon Nodes That Cause Eclipses

Rahu and Ketu are the knots of the Moon that regulate the eclipses of the Sun and the Moon. The Shiva-Kali axis, as the Rahu-Ketu axis is the eclipse axis. An eclipse is the point at which the energy of the sun and moon dies and is reborn. So this Shiva-Kali axis is the axis of the power of death and rebirth of the galaxy, as well as the enslavement and liberation of all souls reincarnated on Earth.

Ketu in Vedic astrology indicates Moksha or liberation of the soul beyond all birth, death and sorrow. It provides deeper insight and knowledge, including astrology, through concentration and focused insight, one -point awareness. But Ketu also shows a very deep pattern of ancestral karma. As a point of death and destruction, its energy is concentrated and very difficult to deal with. His energy dwindled, bringing it all back to one point. For ordinary people, these contractions are more destructive than spiritual, bringing doubt and negativity to personal and collective lives.

While Rahu shows the power of Maya or the illusion behind the world. But he has a strong creative energy, with Shiva and the Mayan Gods. Rahu causes distraction, fantasy and confusion, but also provides incredible vision and creativity when controlled. His energy is vast, moving beyond all limits, which helps transcendence, but for ordinary people it can push them beyond their limits, expanding ego and desire to the point where it explodes. As usual against each other, the energies of Rahu and Ketu are always connected. Both Shiva and Kali control and control their powerful serpent energy.

Worship Shiva and Kali

It is very important in this difficult time of Ketu-Rahu's alignment with the Center of the Galaxy that we worship Shiva and Kali both outwardly and inwardly. We must recognize the deeper spiritual forces behind our physical lives, which are only their shadows, including the supreme unity of the forces of creation and destruction as the single energy of Shiva-Shakti. We must look beyond death to eternity like Mahamrityunjaya Shiva.

We must look beyond karma and desire towards the goal of our soul to grow in Consciousness towards Self -realization. All external shocks in life are meant to push us in this inner direction. If we fail to turn inward, we will be distracted by a stronger psychic energy that stirs deep collective karma, which can use destruction to force a long -term inner awakening. The choice is in our hands.

Great Goddess (Shakti) and Mother of the World (Mahadevi)

Mahadevi, Shakti,  the Supreme Goddess, has many names and forms in Jyotish , the astrological science of Vedic light. These range from its overall cosmic influence to its specific association with the planets, signs, Nakshatra, and phases of the Moon. In Hindu thought, the Goddess is the Mother of the Universe from which the origin, sustenance and dissolution of all things arise. He regulates all time, as past, present and future, and all space.

As the Supreme Mother, the Goddess cannot be limited to one planet, sign or astrological indication. Its influence occurs on many levels and in many dimensions, coloring all the powers of the universe, which are the manifestations of His Supreme Shakti . She has all forms of feminine nature, as well as all the power and creativity of life and light. He is also formless, extending into the original matrix of space and time. We will introduce its main astrological manifestations.

THE GODDESS AND THE MOON AND THE SUN

The moon is known throughout the ancient world and in traditional cultures as the main manifestation of the Goddess. This is also true in Vedic astrology . The moon is the face and smile of the Mother of the Universe and gives her grace, peace, inspiration, insight, and happiness. When we look at the Moon, it is its presence that we contact and its subtle energy that we can attract. Vedic astrology respects various aspects of the Goddess relative to her location in the zodiac and the time of the lunar month. So many poets and reciters respect the Divine Mother and the Moon, especially in her existence as Uma.

The moon is ruled by the power of Cosmic Water ( Apas ), which is the form of the Goddess. The goddess as Uma Parvati , the queen of Shiva , is the head ( pratyadhi-devata ) of the Moon. Parvati also means he who has parts, showing the many phases and changes of the Moon. Parvati is the Goddess of nature, a hermit and a yogi. He is the supreme Yogini and Yoga Shakti, which brings us to the transcendent Shiva .

In hymns Rigveda as the Goddess of the Sun, it is called Surya Savitri, with Savitri as the power of knowledge of the Sun ( Surya ). Goddess is associated with the worship of the Sun at sunrise ( Gayatri ), noon ( Savitri ), and sunset ( Sarasvati ), which are the three Sandhya  or transitional periods, with Sandhya also being a form of Goddess. As Usha , she is also the Goddess of Dawn in the Vedas. As Aditi , she is the Mother Goddess of the Universe who gave birth to all the Sun Gods ( Aditya). Other Hindu goddesses associated with the Moon can also be associated with the Sun, such as Ma Durga, who rides a solar lion.

THE GODDESS AND THE PLANET

The goddess is famously associated with the Moon and Venus among the planets, which are generally considered feminine. 

The moon is more of the Great Mother, caring for all, while Venus is more of a wife or lover, her beautiful or alluring form, especially Lakshmi as the Goddess of prosperity, fertility, and abundance. In Vedic astrology, the Goddess has a relationship with Mercury, Saturn and Rahu, which are often considered neutral or double in gender. Mercury as a youthful form as Sarasvati gives knowledge, art, music, dance and culture. Saturn as the form of his grandmother gave him wisdom, discipline and detachment. Rahu as his mysterious form shows mystery, illusion and transcendence.

In the Tantra Yoga Meditation system of the Ten Goddesses of Wisdom ( Dasha Mahavidya ) we find the following order of Goddesses for the planets.

Mahakali - as the Great force of time and eternity ( Kala ) behind the Sun and Moon and all the planets.

  1. The sun, with Bhuvaneshvari, the Queen of the Universe, governs the entire space, sharing Hreem’s sun spell.
  2. Moon, with Tripura Sundari, Goddess of Beauty and Happiness, Soma and the nectar of immortality.
  3. Mars, with Tripura Bhairavi, Goddess of Fire, Purification and Transformation, Goddess of Soldiers.
  4. Mercury, with Matangi, the Goddess of Speech and Art and the creative power of nature, forms Sarasvati.
  5. Jupiter, with Tara , the High Priest and the Voice of the Master, is connected with the wisdom and power of the highest judgment.
  6. Venus, with Kamala, the Lotus Goddess, the form of Lakshmi, gives all happiness, grace and fertility.
  7. Saturn, with Dhumavati or Jyeshta , forms the Grandmother of Kali, with her wisdom, power and mystery.
  8. Rahu, the Head of the Snake, with Bagalamukhi , who has the power to stop and paralyze, and silence the enemy.
  9. Ketu, the Snake Tail, with Chinnamasta , and his severed head, who carries the deepest mystical secrets beyond the mind.

There are many such correlations. Warrior Goddesses like Chandi in Deva Mahatmya and the red form of Kali are associated with the planet Mars. Ma Durga  with her weapon rode a lion in contact with the Sun. Different goddesses can be worshiped to counteract the negative influences of the planet. For example, Ma Durga can be approached to counteract the negative effects of Rahu .

DEWI AND ZODIAC SIGNS

The goddess is naturally associated with Taurus, ruled by Venus and where the Moon is elevated; Cancer, ruled by the Moon; and Libra, ruled by Venus, because Venus and the Moon are feminine planets. 

But she is also associated with Virgo ruled by Mercury, described as a young girl ( Kanya ), with a youthful spirit and creativity, arts and crafts. While Gemini is described as a couple, man and woman, in Vedic astrology, not just twins, so feminine energy is also present.

In general, zodiac signs in even numbers are associated with the Goddess. These are Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, and Pisces. From these signs, Pisces, in which Venus is glorified, has a prominent feminine energy and provides emotional sensitivity, creativity, imagination, and attention. Capricorn and his crocodile (Makara) are associated with Ganga.

Its effect in a sign varies according to its phase. The full moon will give more energy to the signs with the quality of the moon that will be the new Moon.

In addition, any sign that a feminine planet such as Venus or the Moon is in transit, while its feminine qualities are emphasized.

THE DEVIL AND THE NAKSATRAS

In Vedic symbolism, all Nakshatras are generally considered feminine and the Moon as masculine, so all Nakshatras have feminine names. The moon in its motion is united with its energy. Nakshatra is ruled by certain deities of the older Vedic line. Each of these Nakshatra deities has a feminine partner or Shakti.

In addition, Certain Nakshatras are connected to the Great Goddess. In particular, he is associated with the Nakshatra in Scorpio and Sagittarius which marks the region of the Milky Way in the center of the Galaxy, as well as the opposite in the zodiac in the sign of Taurus. Rohini/Aldeberan/Taurus is considered the younger form of her Lakshmi, and Jyeshta/Antares/Scorpio is the older and harder form of her grandmother. Yet he has many other Nakshatra connections.

  1. CRITICISM (26 40 Aries — 10 00 Taurus), Pleiades, seven sisters, wives of seven Resi (identified by the star Biduk), and associated with Ma Durga or Skanda Mata as Mother Agni, the Fire God associated with the planet Mars.
  2. ROHINI (10 00—23 20 Taurus) is marked by the bright red star Aldebaran. Identified by the form of the young Goddess and Lakshmi, it is said to be the favorite of the Moon in Vedic thought, which reflects its beauty and abundance.
  3. PUNARVASU (20 00 Taurus-03 20 Gemini), ruled by Aditi, the cosmic mother Goddess and mother of the Sun God (Adityas), is associated with Bhuvaneshvari, Queen of the Universe, Mother Earth and Mother Earth in Tantra thought.
  4. PUSHYA (03 20-16 40 Cancer), while ruled by Brihaspati and associated with Jupiter and Brahma as Creator, she has a feminine reflection on Devi Sarasvati and the creative power of the moon.
  5. HASTA (10 00-10 Virgo) while ruled by Savitr as a form of inspiration from the Sun God; His companion Savitri is also revered here along with his solar connection.
  6. ANURADHA (03 20-16 40 Scorpio), connected with Goddess Radha, the queen of Sri Krishna, and the power of devotion. Note that Rohini is opposite to Anuradha in the zodiac also Nakashtra Krishna.
  7. JYESHTA (16 40-30 00 Scorpio), marked in bright red starting with Antares (alpha Scorpio in astronomy). The old and ferocious form of Goddess Ma Kali called Jyeshta or Dhumavati is worshiped here, with connection to Kundalini.
  8. START (00-13 20 Sagittarius), Marking the center of the galaxy, associated with Ma Kali as time, karma, origin and dissolution. Requires us to develop a deep wisdom to transcend Maya.
  9. PURVASHADHA (13 20-26 40 Sagittarius), ruled by Apas, the Goddess of Water, is associated with Soma and the Moon in Vedic thought; marking the waters of the Milky Way.

DEWI AND THE STAGE OF THE MOON (TITHIS)

Different goddesses are associated with different phases of the Moon called drops in Sanskrit. There are fifteen phases or lunar days of this rising and fading moon. For some examples, Sarasvati is associated with the fifth tenth, most importantly in the spring that marks Sarasvati’s Puja, Durga is associated with the tenth or half of the eighth Moon, and Kali is associated with the fourteenth tenth of the fading Moon. In addition, each tithi has its own Shakti or feminine power.

Ma Durga is associated with Navaratri or the nine -night festival that takes place in the fall. This is marked by the first nine tenths of the lunar month Ashwin (when the full moon occurs in Aries). It begins with the New Moon, with each day marked by a special form of Durga. The tenth day is also dedicated to the Goddess as Victory Day (Vijay Dashami). The festival generally takes place in October. The same celebration can be done in the spring, during the lunar month of Chaitra, when the full moon is in Libra, generally in April.

Various forms of Goddess have their date of birth or manifestation throughout the year ( Jayanti ). For example, Tripura Sundari Jayanti is a full moon in the month of Margashira (Taurus/Gemini). Because there are many forms of Goddess, there is Jayanti like that for her aspect every month, sometimes more than one.

In conclusion, the Vedic view of the Mother of the Universe and the Divine Feminine is to honor all her beings reflected in time and heaven, from the young to the old, from the beautiful to the vicious, as mothers, sisters, daughters, wives and lovers, from the mundane to the Transcendent. This includes a wide variety of astrological and astronomical associations. Understanding the Goddess and Mother of the World ( Jaganmata, Jagadamba ) is very important to understand the Vedic view of time and karma.

The Role of Ganesha in Vedic Astrology

Ganesha masters knowledge, mathematics, and karma, so his place there is quite right, because Jyotish involves all of this. But Ganesha has a specific astrological correlation.

Ganesha is one of the main Hindu deities, the first son of Shiva and Parwati, with one of the five lines of traditional Hindu deities belonging to him. He is called and worshiped for the first time in all Hindu rituals. Murtis Ganesha can be found in Hindu houses and temples, especially at the entrances but with holy places as well.

As Ganesha or Ganapati, he is the ruler (isha, pati) of the gana, which means group, number, word or collection. He mastered speech, writing, copying, and compilation. He mastered all knowledge systems involving numbers, arithmetic and calculation, even computers (note his vehicle is a mouse).

All forms of technical and scientific knowledge are under it, although its influence extends to art, music, dance, poetry and literature, the domain is more general under Devi Sarasvati. Vedic classes usually begin with singing to Ganesha. He regulates secret and esoteric knowledge as well.

As the son of Shiva, Ganesha is his real form. Shiva is the Pashupati, the ruler of beasts or bound souls. Ganesha is Ganapati because the elephant is the foremost or the head of the animal or the bound soul, their inner guie. Shiva is the Divine word OM in its transcendent dimension. Ganesh is OM as the basis of universal creation and cosmic law.

Ganesha is known as an obstacle remover, and his help is sought from starting a new endeavor to facing imminent danger, all aspects of Muhurta or worldly astrology. He gives us the wisdom to face obstacles, including fighting planetary suffering and astrology.

Ganesha controls karma in general. He shows us how to create good karma and good fortune, and go beyond karma. Its form is often used for good luck. He rules over time and its division as in various cycles of time. He is associated with the Cosmic Mind, Mahat Tattva, which is the basis of all laws or universal dharma. He is a powerful Cosmic Intelligence and his special spell and numerical vibration patterns.

In connection with the practice of Yoga, Ganesha masters all the tattva or principles of nature including guna, elements, tanmantra, sensory and motor organs, as well as the functions of the mind. He is connected to the eight limbs of traditional Yoga. He has many forms and expressions that guide us in all matters of life.

SRI GANESH AND KETU

Among the planets, Ganesha is most associated with Ketu, the southern node of the Moon, the tail of a headless serpent. In terms of symbolism, Ganesha was cut off his head and replaced with the head of an elephant, which reflects the headless Ketu. It connects it with the state beyond the mind that carries the highest wisdom. In Vedic thought, the trunk of an elephant is considered to be the energy of a higher type of serpent, which is controlled by Ganesha. He brings the energy of the Kundalini snake over his head.

The esoteric side of Ganesha comes through Ketu, holding knowledge beyond the mind, ego, time and circumstances. In particular, Ganesha is associated with Ketu as Moksha -karaka, the liberator, who bestows wisdom, spiritual insight, supernatural powers, and proficiency in Vedic astrology - another reason why his guidance is always sought both in calculations and reading graphs. Ketu is an inner teacher.

SRI GANESHA AND JUPITER

I have to highlight the relationship of the planet Ganesha with Jupiter, which is rarely given the right place. Ganesha is not usually listed among the gods of Jupiter, but what he offers and shares is very Jupiter. Ganesha is famous for bestowing wealth, health, achievements and knowledge, just like Jupiter. This is recorded during the annual Diwali festival, where Ganesha gives shubha and labha, good luck and profit. In addition, Ganesha's two wives are Buddhi/science and Siddhi/achievement, sometimes equated with Goddess Sarasvati and Lakshmi.

There is an ancient Vedic connection between Ganesa and Jupiter that we must pay attention to. Ganesha as Ganapati, first appears in the Rgveda hymn II.22.2, of the Gritsamada Rishi, among his hymns for Brihaspati, also called Brahmanaspati. The Gritsamada mantra for Brahmanaspati: Gananam Tva Ganapatim havamahe, calling Ganapati, remains the main Vedic mantra used to invoke Ganesha and to initiate traditional Vedic chants and rituals.

This means the similarity of Ganapati with Brihaspati, the god of the planet Jupiter is evident in the oldest Vedic texts. In addition, the Ganapati Veda like Jupiter is connected with the force of atmospheric lightning (antariksha), and punishes those who are adharma. While Jupiter is called Master and is the teacher or guide of the planets, Ganapati is revered as the first teacher in Vedic practice. Although there are no specific signs of the zodiac associated with Ganesha, the signs of Jupiter, especially Sagittarius, have the same energy.

GANESHA AND THE SUN AND THE MOON    

The ruler of a group of vicious planets or graha is the Sun. Ganesha is said to have the light of a million Suns. Although not specifically a sun god in Vedic astrology, his ability to control all the planets is important. He can be called for blessings from any planet and to reduce any negative karma. In relation to the Moon, Ganesha is close to the Goddess who rules the Moon, whom she protects. He resides in the root chakra or Muladhara from which he can control and direct the energy of the Kundalini serpent, the Yoga Shakti of the Goddess.

BRIHASPATI AND SHUKRA: JUPITER AND VENUS

Brihaspati and Shukra, the gods of Jupiter and Venus, contradict each other as Master of the Gods (Jupiter) and Master of the Asuras (Venus). In this case, Jupiter is the brightest night star, while Venus is the brightest star near sunrise and sunset. Both are called Kavi or seer-poet where Ganapati is said to be the foremost.

SRI GANESHA AND NAKSATRAS

While Ganesha is not given power over a particular Nakshatra in the older Vedic scheme, we can equate the energy of Ganesha with several Nakshatras. I am not saying that we should limit this Nakshatra to Ganesha but its influence and quality can be seen in it.

  1. Pushya in Cancer (03 20-16 40) is ruled by Brihaspati, who marks the place of glorification of the planet Jupiter at 5 degrees Cancer. Pushya regulates rituals and sacred knowledge at all levels, and is one of the most beloved Nakshatras. Because Ganapati and Brihaspati are equated, he can be given power over Nakshatra Brihaspati.
  2. Vishakha in Libra and Scorpio (20 00 Libra-03 20 Scorpion), ruled by Indragni, the power of lightning is connected to Brihaspati/Brahmanaspati. Vishakha is the name of Skanda's brother, related to Krittika/Pleiades in Taurus as opposed to Vishakha in the zodiac. Ganesha and Skanda as the two sons of Shiva are brothers, with Ganesha as the eldest. Vishakha is known for giving wisdom and insight, like lightning.
  3. Hasta in Virgo (10 00-23 20) is associated with Savitar, the wisdom form of the solar Godhead. The day of Ganesh Chaturthi, his manifestation or birthday (Jayanti), usually occurs with the Moon in Hasta, as the fourth tithi (phase) of the bright half of the moon Bhadrapada. Ganesha is called Hasti, a term for the elephant with its trunk. The power of wisdom, skill and art of Hasta Nakshatra goes well with Ganesha.
  4. Bharani in Aries (13 20-26 40), ruled by Yama, has a relationship with Ganesha. Yama in the Veda is not only the god of death but also the form of Brihaspati who maps the path beyond death to immortality. Ganesha, losing his human head and gaining the Divine head, shows this journey.
  5. Jyeshta in Scorpio (16: 40-30: 00), ruled by Indra has several Ganesha associations. The Veda Indra and Ganesha are closely related as shown by Kavyakantha Ganapati Muni, the principal disciple of Bhagawan Ramana Maharshi. Both control the energy group (Maruts). Both mastered OM speech and spells. Both are connected to the energy of lightning and its ability to punish the forces of ignorance. Both overcome obstacles. Both are gods of the atmospheric realm. Specifically, Ganesha like Indra is called Jyestha, which means the oldest, best or highest. Ganapati is the Jyeshta Rajam Brahmanam in the Veda, the supreme King of the sages who have spiritual knowledge. Jyeshta is a Nakshatra associated with adversity. This is considered the last Nakshatra, with the Mula coming after it as the first. Indra rules Jyeshta because of its ability to overcome difficulties and eliminate negative snake energy (vritras). Ganesha has a similar role. Jyestha is also associated with Shiva who has many of the same qualities as the Veda Indra, as the supreme deity and power of OM.
  6. Chitra (23 20 Virgo-06 40 Libra), ruled by Tvashtar, a form of designer, architect or craftsman of the Deva. Ganesha has a role not only in knowledge but in technological and artistic creation. Tvasthar is a favorite of the Goddesses, as is Ganesha. This relationship, although less certain, deserves to be examined.


BRIDGE OR LUNAR PHASE

Ganesha is revered as the fourth tithi or lunar day, most often during the waxing month of the month of Bhadrapada (usually September). The fourth tithe is one of the most difficult tithes. Ganesha helps us overcome difficulties.