What is Moon in Astrology? What does the Moon Represents in Vedic Astrology?
Moon in Astrology represents your mother, or motherly figures, your emotional response to your environment, and your imagination, since the Moon is your mind. The Moon shows the way you think and react to situation.
Moon (Chandra) represents highly placed people having a nurturing role, such as queens and first ladies.
Whereas Surya gets its importance from being at the heart of the solar system, Chandra gets is from being closest to the Earth, and from our subjective perspective on Earth, being at the heart of the solar system. Surya gets it’s power from mere gravitational pull, but Chandra gets it from being close.
Therefore, Chandra represents powerful people that play a more subjective role, nurture or are simply close to us like a mother.
The light of the Moon is the reflection of the Sun, most visible in the absence of the Sun. Therefore, Chandra represents people that pass on the inspiration and spirit of the leaders, but in a supportive and gentle way.
The Moon controls the state or local government like State Government, Municipal Corporation, City Counsel, etc. Whereas the Sun controls the Central or Federal government.
Moon stays in a single zodiac sign for about 2.5 days, compare to 30 days for the Sun. This narrows down your search for a true personality.
What does Moon Signifies Physically in Astrology?
The systems of the body that nurture and feed the body are represented by Chandra.
The blood distributes nutrition and oxygen to all parts of the body.
In a female, the womb nurtures the child.
Whereas the brain is represented by Surya because of it’s controlling function, the hormones that are produced by the brain are represented by Chandra.
Of the two eyes, the left eye is represented by Chandra.
What does Moon Signifies Internally in Astrology?
Moon (Chandra) signifies our mindset and emotions, our response to sensory experiences, our imagination, our ability to care and support others, nurturing skills, empathy.
Qualities signified by Moon (Chandra): motherly, caring, nurturing, emotional, sensitive, empathetic, imaginative, social, thoughtful, gentle, childlike charm. Determining what objects are signified by Chandra: Of any living being or thing, the part that is supporting or nurturing the rest of it is signified by Moon.
In a social environment that is whoever takes the initiative first to care of the weak or helpless: mothers, nurses, health care workers and social workers.
How emotional or unemotional you are depends upon the condition of the Moon. The Moon is also a watery planet, as it controls the sign of Cancer.
So conclusively Moon in Vedic Astrology is your mind, sensitivity, emotions, imagination, comfort, fertility, your emotional response to the world. Our thoughts process is controlled by the Moon.
Moon & Compatibility in Astrology?
A good astrologer must look at your planets first, and their relationship between you and your partners planets. Inorder to understand the compatibility of a Men & Women for Marriage, the basic details come to two main planets; Moon in a chart of a man, and Venus in a chart of a woman.
That is – A man’s Moon must be closest to woman’s Moon in her chart. The quicker a man’s Moon can reach a woman’s Moon, the better a relationship will be, because after all a man needs to always check for the woman’s feeling, because women automatically know how to reach out to her man.
Example 1:- If your Moon is in the first house, (and this is for males only) in the sign of Gemini, or any house in the sign of Gemini, and in your partner’s chart, her Moon is in Virgo, that means, your Gemini Moon only needs to skip 4 signs to reach your partner’s Moon. In other words, it will not take you long to ask your partner, ‘How are you feeling’? “Are you okay, because you look sad?’ ‘Let me help you with that.’ In this match, you will know your partner’s feelings right away, and you will do whatever it takes to be there for them.
Example 2:- If you, as a male, have a Moon in Gemini in your chart, but your girlfriend’s chart has a Moon in Capricorn, which means, from Gemini to Capricorn, it’s an 8 signs difference, because Capricorn comes after skipping 8 signs from Gemini. Once this happens, that means you will not really understand your girlfriend as much, or you won’t really care to pick up her phone calls as much. This will take both of you apart. This situation of the Moon makes a bigger impact after your marriage ritual, when both of your charts and planets are now legally locked in and start affecting each other.
Planetary States of Moon in Astrology:-
Moon in Young Stage:- Planets are considered young between 1-5 degrees. In this stage they act like a teenager, with lots of energy, versatility, and eagerness to learn. This is considered quite a good stage for planets. Moon need maturity and development in their own life to have a stable mind and intelligence.
Moon in Adult Stage:- The adult planetary stage happens between 6-25 degrees in any sign. This is when planets are the strongest and give solid yet grounded results based on their placement. Moon in adult stage gives good results for Moon because it is able to make mature decisions and give good results. This is the best stage for Moon where it gives the best or worst results as per the placement of Moon in your Birth chart.
Moon in Old Stage:- Planets in old age are between 26-30 degrees in Birth Chart. They are very experienced yet slow, and they take their time in doing things. An old man has the most wisdom, and when he works or takes on a task, he completes it; regardless of the time it takes. Since Moon is the Queen and moon in mature degrees gives stable results.
Moon as Karaka (Significator) in Astrology?
In a birth chart, certain planets are responsible for certain things no matter where they are placed in the horoscope. They are known as the Karka or Significators.
According to Phala Deepika & Parashara, Moon is the Signifiactor of:-
It is the Moon that determines the character of one’s heart, understanding, royal favour, mother and prosperity.
One who worships Sasta deity, a female, a washerman, a cultivator, an aquatic animal, a hare, an antelope, crane and the greek partridge – are denoted by the Moon.
It is from the Moon that one ought to determine the welfare of the mother, mental tranquility, sea-bath, white chowrie, umbrella, good fan, fruits, tenderness, flowers, corn, agriculture, fame, acquisition of pearls, bell-metal, silver, sweet substances, milk, etc., cloth, water, cows, women, good meals, bodily health and beauty.
Karakatwas of the Moon in Astrology:
Karaka is the reason for happening events in life whereas Karakatwas is the domain of the planet for delivering things. For example- Venus is Karaka of Marriage whereas Karakatwas of Venus is Marriage.
As per Uttara Kalamrita Vedic Textbook, Moon is the Karakatwas for: Mind, mental disposition, virtue or vice, impartial outlook, intelligence, ability, agility of mind, heart, happiness, joking, pleasure, lover, flower, good perfume, going to a fortress, disease, blood purity and vitality, idleness, sleep, phlegmatic humor, consumption, epilepsy, enlargement of the spleen, ailment of the shoulders, belly, eating, nourishment, wheat, good fruits, thick sugarcane, honey, love of curd, salt, saline, sourness, silver, typhoid, anything like water, well, tank, pond, mid-day, winter season, whiteness, white color, pearls, diamond, nine gems, bell-metal, waistband, short stature, mother, woman, worshipping Goddess Gauri, one who does penance, splendor, face, beauty, strength at night, facing westward, love for west, getting a job, fame, the middle world, middle age, life, travel, going to far off countries, Brahmin, umbrella or any other royal insignia, fish and other water creatures, serpent, fine blossoming, brilliant things, clean crystal, soft and velvety clothes, and silk garments.
Effect of Moon in Conjunction with Other Planets?
One thing to understand about the Moon is that it’s the one planet in astrology that gets influenced the most when in conjunction.
The Moon is a dark, cold, and lifeless place, but it is revived due to the light from the Sun. This is why each planet brings his or her own reflection upon the Moon through which it shows its color, lust, and quality.
One thing to remember about the moon is the day of the phase you were born on. There are two phases in the astrology that are considered malefic and benefic for the Moon.
Waxing Moon is benefic, while Waning Moon is malefic; depending upon which phase you were born into, it will either work for you or against you in certain cases.
Names of Moon in Vedic Astrology?
According to Brihat Jataka: The Moon is named Sitarasmi.
According to Jataka Parijata: Soma, Seethadyuti, Udupathi, Glou, Mriganka, Indu and Chandra signify the Moon.
According to Horasara: Sasi, Sasanka, Vidhu, Soma, Nisakara, Seethamsu, Udunatha, and Indu are synonyms of Chandr.
According to Suka Jataka: Chandra, Seetagu, Chandrama, Soma, Rajanipathi, Seetarasmi, Ratrisa, Sasi, and Kumudinipathi.
Moon – Health and Physiology:-
The following effects on health & physiology will be positive or negative according to the placement of moon in the birth chart.
As per Parashara Vedic Textbook: The Moon signifies blood.
As per Phala Deepika Vedic Textbook: Excessive sleep, laxiness, phlegmatic affliction, (Kapharoga), diarrhoea, carbuncle, typhoid, fever danger from horned and water animals, indigestion (Agnimandya), tastelessness Aruchi-Anorexia, trouble from women, jaundice, mental aberration, impurity of blood, danger from water; fear from Balagrahas, Goddess Durga, Kinnaras, God Yama, serpent and from female Yaksha may be expected through the Moon. The Moon brings on death through cholera, watery diseases (such as idodara-ascitis) or pulmonary diseases in general. The Moon governs taste (along with Venus). The Moon signifies the left eye.
Description of the Moon in Astrology :-
As per Parashara: Chandra is very windy and phlegmatic. She is learned and has a round body. She has auspicious looks and sweet speech, is fickle-minded and very lustful
As per Horasara: Chandra is tall, tender-natured, brilliant in mental disposition, kind, skilled in policy or politics, and has mixed humour of wind and bile. She wears white robes and ornaments. Her body resembles a well-drawn circle. (Imagine the full Chandra which is a perfect circle.)
As per Brihat Jataka: The Moon has a body that is round and slender, her temperament is much windy and phlegmatic, intelligence great, voice soft and gentle and eyes lovely. She has an auspicious appearance. Her eyes are beautiful. She has a mellifluous voice. She is fair in complexion, has an emaciated body, is youthful, tall, curly and short hair, is learned, soft, of Satwik disposition, beautiful, phlegmatic, amicable to friends, has pure (excellent) blood, is kind, fond of old ladies, fickle minded, very fortunate, and wears clean apparels.
As per Phala Deepika: The Moon has a huge body, and is young as well as old, he is lean and white; has fine lovely eyes, black and thin hair. He governs blood. He is soft in speech, wears a white a garment and is beautiful in complexion. He has wind and phlegm in his composition and is mild in temperament.
As per Sarvartha Chintamani: Moon is the white body, of average size, well at speech, with round body, has the power of right thinking, is somewhat weak in body, has pleasing speech, is satvik in temperament, possesses all the three humors i.e. bile, phlegm and wind.
Professions of Moon in Astrology:-
As per Phala Deepika: If the Navamsa occupied by the lord of the 10th house be that of the Moon, the income of the person concerned will be through trade in water products (pearls, corals, etc.), through agriculture and cattle-farming, pigrimage to holy shrines, service under a damsel or trading in clothes.
As per Sarvartha Chintamani: If the lord of the Navamsha sign occupied by the lord of the 10th house is Moon, one earns from products of water, agriculture, from earth products, law suits, through pleasure affording matters (cinema etc), through the patronage of the royal females, or from the sale of cloth.
Moon – Significations/activities used in Muhurta:
As written in Brihat Samhita: On a day presided over by the Moon, or when she is the ascendant, or when the Sign Cancer is rising, or when she is posited in one of the Kendras (angles), work relating to the following things will be successful: Ornaments, conch-shells, pearls, lotus and the like, silver, water, sacrifice, sugarcane, eatables, women, milk, milky trees, grass, marshy place, corn, liquids, Brahmanas, path (or travel), singing, horned animals, agriculture etc., commander of an army, a king who attacks another from behind, kings, popularity, nocturnal beings (or evil spirits), medicines for phlegmatic troubles, maternal uncle, flowers and clothes.
Moon – Significations used for Dashas in Astrology:
From the results predicted for dashas (planetary periods), we can learn additional favorable and unfavorable significations and associations.
As per Brihat Jataka: During the Moon’s auspicious Dasha or Antardasha, the individual will be blessed with the Mantras from the twice-born (the Brahmanas) and will derive profits by dealing in molasses, curds, butter, clothing, flowers, amusements, sesame seed, food and his personal strength. He will respect the virtuous Brahmanas and Devas and he will acquire an increase of wisdom, wealth and renown.
As per Brihat Jataka: During the Moon’s inauspicious Dasha or Antardasha one will indulge in laziness and sleep, one will be of a forbearing nature, one will get daughters and lose his quick intelligence, wealth and renown, and one will be involved in enmity with the strong and with his own relations.
Health Significance of Moon in Vedic Astrology
Moon governs blood, water retention in the body, sickness of the mind like bipolar, depression, schizophrenia, breasts and heart.
Abode (Residence) of the Moon in Astrology:
As per Parashara: The Moon’s abode is a watery place.
As per Brihat Jataka: The Moon presides over wells and water.
As per Phala Deepika: The Moon’s abodes are place where Goddess Parvati is kept, the spot occupied by a female, a place where there is water, a herb or plant a spot where honey or liquor is kept and the North-West quarter.
As per Gnana Pradeepika: The Moon and Venus govern watery places.
Characteristics of Moon in Astrology:-
Very windy, phlegmatic, learned, a round body, auspicious looks, sweet speech, fickle-minded, very lustful
Person of 70 years
Malefic when waning (i.e. Krishna Paksha – Purnima to Amavasya)
Aspect of Life
Mind, body, taste
Vision (Sun & Moon only)
Characteristic mark on body
On the left side, head
Apparel / Clothing
White cloth, relatively new cloth, white silken
White, crystal, tawny
Commercial Community (Baniya or Businessman Community), Vaishyas
Satva or the goodness and purity, Sattvic
Mother of the child born in the night, maternal aunt
North & North west
Average Daily Motion
13 to 15 Degrees
Rashi of Exaltation
Taurus 3 degrees
Rashi of Debilitation
Scorpio 3 degrees
Rainy season, Varsha
Moments or two ghatikas or forty-eight minutes, a Muthura (2) ghatikas, muhurta
Grain / Pulse
Salty, saltish, brackish, mixed saline
Gems, bell metal, bronze
Dhatu / Mula
Dhatu (minerals), minerals (in own signs), vegetables (in other signs)
Ear ornaments, engraved gold chains or pearls-set chain
Pure spotless pearl, Pearls
Plants, Trees and Food
Creeping plants, trees that are supple and blossoming, herbs milky trees and rubber yielding plants