They say – ‘It’s all in the stars’. But do stars (planets) really govern our life? What role do they play, if at all and how does it impact our life?
Jyotish vidya or Astrology is the study of the planets. As part of the Vedas (Rig Veda), it was called Vedanga Jyotish or the limb of the Vedas and means, ’The science of Light’. The study of the nature and the movement of the planets played a significant role in Greek and Chinese history and civilization as well. The wise men of yore observed the impact of the movement of the planets on nature which in turn influenced individual lives. Since the ancient man lived in strict accord with the rhythm of nature, any upheaval in it disrupted life completely. Hence, initially, the ancients looked upon the planets with fear.
But how can the movement of the planets so far up there possibly influence the occurrences in our lives?
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Studies have confirmed the different nature of each planet. These planets emit rays, just as the sun does. And just as the sun’s light and movement influences the life on earth by creating different seasons, so does the movement of the planets form and structure our mind, emotions and senses. They also organise the systems of our physical body.
It is through the planets, which are ethereal beings, that fate (vidhata) creates circumstances that will fulfil the conditions which enable the settlement of debts that we have accrued. It is a fascinating aspect of the working of universal energy, the cause and effect syndrome, a.k.a The Karma Theory.
In Indian astrology (jyotish) there are nine representatives of fate (vidhata). The Sun, the Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn. Rahu and ketu, the lunar nodes- north and south are regarded as shadowy planets. These representatives are the relay stations for transmission of cosmic energies. Their influence however is dependent on our evolutionary development because the planets merely cast their energy. How we use this energy is dependent on how evolved we are as souls or cosmic beings. The rays of Mars, the red hot planet, for instance, which represents fire, can either be used as anger or to increase our vitality and perception.
And so it is with all the planets. Identified with the ego (ahamkara), the planets rule our life. They blind our intellect and lead us to sorrow and conflict. Through inner inquiry and surrender they lead us to expansion of awareness and the unfoldment of consciousness.
The choice once again rests with us. We can either be Lucifer, the fallen star (venus in its lowest energy) or effuse our soul with creative cosmic rays and be a ‘super star’.