The Moon that Pleases and Punishes By OCHAVLAL A. JANI
SA Volunteer: Mummadi Sridhar
(Taken From Astrological Magazine of Raman Saheb, March 1977 Issue)
THE Moon, the beautiful and lovely Moon, is a source of pleasures for all worldly creatures, a source of nectar to vegetations and aushadhis (flora), a source of imagination to poets and writers and also a source of travails to those who ignore its adverse influence on physical body, mind and consciousness.
सूर्य आत्मा जगतश्चक्षुषः चन्द्रमा मन एव च।
Just as the Sun represents the soul and eyes of the world so does the Moon represent the mind. The Sun is the creator of the universe, and its provider like the father of the cosmic family, whereas the Moon plays the role of the mother. The Moon is the chief among all the constellations (नक्षत्राणाम् अहम् शशी). The Moon sprinkles nectar on living beings at night to make life active. Hence the Moon is called the lord of night (निशानाथ). All derive potency from him. So he is called Himansu, Sudhakar, Sudhansu, Amritamsu, etc., meaning the cold and nectar-rayed.
The mind, representative of the Moon, is the chief factor managing the household of the earth. No activity on earth by human beings, animals, birds, etc., are possible in the absence of the mind which is niranjana (bodyless), ajanma (birthless), nirakara (shapeless). The mind is the same Maya (illusion) which engulfs the soul in labyrinth or worldly pleasures. Pleasures and happiness, miseries and agony are experienced by the mind which is controlled by the Moon.
The Moon is beautiful, and chandrika (the moonlight) gives peaceful soft light. Its principle is to sustain vitality in living creatures.
Karaka of the mind is the Moon. The Moon is also a centre of energy, attraction and repulsion, revolving round the earth in his orbit once in 29 days and 12 hours. His orbit round the earth is just like a bracelet half of which is under water level and the other half above forming an angle of 3° with the level.
Tides and ebbs are generated on every full-moon day and new-m0on day in the oceans and seas as well as in the blood circulation of animals. Lunar influence is great at night. The Moon is nearest to the earth, and is magnetic in gravitational force. The Moon is a watery planet and is considered to have lordship over the watery sign, Cancer.
The Hindu mythology reveals the significance of the Moon’s 30 digits (कलातिथी) in a month and 62 digits in a Ritu (ऋतु), a season of two months. Brahma, Creator of the universe, had 27 daughters. All married the Moon. Once, Brahma took the Moon in his chariot 21 times round the earth. The Moon loved only Rohini and would have loved to stay always with her. The staying of the Moon in Rohini constellation gives a beautiful phenomenon in the moonlight. This is generally possible on the days near the Full-Moon in the months of Aswayuja, Kartika, Margasira and Pushya (October to January). Sages called this as Rohini Pidhana (रोहिणी पिधान).
Against the Moon’s partiality for Rohini the other 26 daughters of Brahma complained to their father. Brahma cursed the Moon to suffer from Kshaya (consumption). That is why the Moon waxes in the bright half from lunar 1st day to the 15th day, and wanes from the lunar 16th day to the 30th day, in the dark half. Affliction to the Moon disturbs the mind. Mental disorder increases and decreases with the phases of the Moon.
The Sun rules the moods, attitudes, likes and dislikes while the Moon rules the mind. With the slightest affliction to the Moon, the mind is disturbed which creates many complexes often leading to negative behaviour. Certain distances between the Sun and the Moon affect the human mind. The Sun and the Moon in the 2nd/12th and 6th/8th positions in a chart produce characteristic and psychological conflicts in life. If the 7th house is involved, the husband and wife relations will be at stake. If the Sun and the Moon form mutual Kendras or tines or 3rd/11th positions, they add strength to the horoscope.
The distance between the Sun and the Moon is measured in terms of constellations and signs. The position of the Moon in a pada (quarter), orbal distance of 3°20’ of a constellation is an important unit.
Let us examine the results assigned to tithis (lunar days) of the bright half (शुकलपक्ष)and the dark half (कृष्णपक्ष). The tithi (a lunar day) is a yardstick for measurement of distances of the Moon at the rate of 12° each from the Sun beginning from the point on the New Moon when the distance between them is 0°. The length of a tithi varies, short or long, as the Sun also moves each day. As such reat importance is attached to the Sun Lagna besides Janma (natal) Lagna and the Moon Lagna. In olden times sages gave great importance to the tithis in predictive astrology keeping in view the positions of the Moon from the Sun.
According to Jataka Parijata, an authority on astrology, the effects of birth on different lunar days are as under:-
1st and 16th – Learned, modest, ornaments of gold, gems, graceful and holy acts, 2nd and 17th – Innocent, charitable, pleasant, famous, coward, 3rd and 18th – Passionate, learned, foreign residence, haughty, strong, wanderer. 4th and 19th – Clever in war, debtor, juggler, argumentative, clever in mantras, 5th and 20th – Graceful, having wife and son, friends, compassionate, relations with Governments, love of Vedas and shastras, 6th or 21st – Truthful, wealth, son very strong, fame, clever, wounds on the body, very angry, 7th or 22nd – Virtuous, knowledge, big eye, worship of God, interest in girls and others’ wealth, phlegmatic, 8th or 23rd – Kind, noted in country, unsteady mind, interested in daughter-in-law, happiness from sons and wealth, 9th or 24th – Away from kith and kin – relations, harsh speech, opponent of learned men, characterless, passionate, 10th or 25th – Religious, long neck, knows various shastras, generous mind, most humble, possessed of wealth, wife, son and fine speech, 11th or 26th – Worshipper of deities and Brahmins, enthusiastic in charity and festivals, best worker, pleasant mind, 12th or 27th – Fond of water, good relations with all, own buildings, profligate, donor, charitable, learned, wealth from Government, 13th or 28th – Bereft of satwika guna, long neck, greedy, brave, passionate, 14th or 29th – Cruel nature, harmonious, harsh and unbearable speech, confused state of mind, killer of near and dear relatives, different kinds of murders are attributed to different parts of the 14th lunar day, 15th or the Full Moon day – Graceful body, earns by labour, just, very kind, virtuous, enjoys casual pleasures. Amavasya or the New Moon day – Worships parents, money by own labour, honoured by men, lack-lustre and slender body.
From the above it will be seen that the lunar days 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12 and 15 of both the pakshas (bright and dark fortnights) have very good effects. As such it is fortunate for one to be born on any one of these days as they have no bad effect of any kind; and the Moon exerts good influence on these days. The Moon of the above tithis involving the 1st, the 3rd, the 4th, the 5th, the 9th, the 10th and the 11th houses from the Sun gives added strength to a chart.
The lunar 3rd, 4th, 8th, 9th, 13th and 14th days of both the fortnights have some sort of a sting and are believed to created bad effects, generally in drastic conflicts. In order to eradicate it one should keep the mind engaged in good activities like devotion, japas, etc. So ancient sages have advised us to observe fast on the 4th lunar day (Vinayaka chaturthi) and (Sankashta Chaturthi), the 8th lunar day as Durgashtami and Kalashtami and on the 12th as Pradosha in order to ward off the evil effects on the body.
The 14th and 29th lunar days are always bad as the distances of the Moon from the Sun (156° – 168° and 336° – 348°) create evil effects. These days are considered as Kalaratris (on these days it is believed that Lard Shiva performs Tandava, the awesome cosmic dance). These distances cause quarrels, warring spirit, irresponsible sense dishonesty, accidents, suicidal tendency, criminal litigations, cruel deeds, murders, etc. These qualities are said to preponderate in the persons who are born on these these days or near about them. These days are marked as critical for skin diseases, insanity, epilepsy, etc.
In addition to the above negative distances, if the Moon is afflicted by Mars, Saturn, Rahu, etc., in transit on these days by way of conjunction or aspect, they may occasion sex crimes.
The Moon has a double role to play in nature. He is the source of vitality and potency for animals, and vegetation in his transits on favourable tithis and is a source of diseases during transit on unfavourable lunar days.
The most unfavourable tithis are from the 13th lunar day to the 3rd of the next पक्ष (fortnight). Mostly deaths occur during this period in both the fortnights. The patient with prolonged illness may die during this period, or the disease becomes more aggravated. Incidence of new disease is possible during this period for the seeds of disease are implanted in human body then.
Secondly, seeds of disease (आमय) are implanted in the body due to deficiency of one of the three humours, kapha (phlegm), pitta (bile) and vayu (wind) disturbing their equilibrium which is the healthy state (निरामय) of body. Deficiency of or disturbance in one of the humours causes a health hazard. All these depend on the favourable or unfavourable transits of the Moon, away from the Sun, along with the added afflictions of malefic planets staying at a distance of 45°, 90°, 135°, 180°, etc.
Observance of fast on the 11th and 26th lunar days is laid down as compulsory and great importance is attached to it in Shastras. From the astrological point of view there is least attraction between the Sun and the Moon and no malefic influence is caused on these days. All the astrological treatises have declared the 11th and 26th lunar days as most holy days for charity, festivities, worship, etc. They have sounded a note of warning to worldly men by proscribing sexual union from 11th to 15th.
Fasting for half a day is prescribed on the 12th lunar day called Pradosha (great affliction) so that no evil effect can take place on the 14th and 29th lunar days of Kalaratri.
As per the dictum (कूजमन्दयोस्तु योगे निक्तार्तो वातपित्तरोगाभ्याम्) published on page 631 of July 1957 issue of A.M., meaning that if Mars and Saturn combination exists in a chart by conjunction, nearness, mutual aspect, or opposition, the native may constantly suffer from diseases arising out of bile and wind. I have Mars and Saturn in Meena (Pisces) afflicting Virgo and the Moon. I am constantly suffering from skin diseases.
A Malady, whatever its stage of progress, can certainly be controlled by fast and abandoning three Ss (salt, cour and sweet) in food. This is a must for a person if he has affliction to the Moon and Virgo by Mars and Saturn. A learned reader of America observes on page 587 of July 1973 issue of A.M. under heading “Herb Cure”, thus:-
“Modern medicine is having tremendous after-effects and side effects. People are now going back to nature for cures.”
Cure of disease by herbs is certain as the Moon rules and nourishes herbs and vegetations.
The Moon rules the mind. The mind rules everything. With a sound and sober mind man is wise, and with a sordid and suspicious mind man goes wrong.