Vedic Astrology is a mathematically sophisticated form of astrology originating in the ancient Vedic traditions of India. Jyotish describes the planetary patterns at the time of our birth and can give us valuable clues to understanding our life’s journey.
When a child is born, we have the practice of writing their astrology or Janma Kundali based on the birth time and birth stars. In temples, especially in south India, you see nine planet altars called navagraha altars, which means “nine planets.
In the perspective article, I am trying to give a brief idea of the relevance of medical astrology or Vedic astrology in our health.
Astrology is the art of predicting or determining the influence of the planets and stars on human affairs. The origin of this word is from the Greek word Astron, star + logos (discourse). Both Ayurveda and Astrology have established a way of life in India since time immemorial. Highly advanced knowledge related to Astrology on medicine is preserved in Indian Holy scriptures and transmitted from generation to generation. Although both Astrology and medicine were developed as a part of religion in ancient India, astrological principles related to prevention, health care and relief from illness were applied as rituals (religious ceremonies).1
Astrological sciences suggest 10 types of remedial measures in the treatment of diseases. This science considers that causative factors of various disorders are the Navagrahas (nine planets). The influence of the planets on various procedures like drug processing, bath taking, performing Yajna, wearing Ratna, etc. are well documented in Jyotishashastra. When describing the different treatment protocols in various diseases Ayurveda suggested ‘Daiva Vyapashraya Chikitsa’ which includes Manidharana (wearing amulets) and chanting Mantras. 2
How Planets become important indicators of spiritual and / or materialistic tendencies?
As per Vedic Astrology literature, there are 9 planets that can affect our health status and day to day life activities.
- Sun (Surya)
- Mercury (Budha)
- Jupiter (Guru)
- Mars (Mangal)
- Venus (Shukra)
- Saturn (Shani)
- Rahu (Solar Eclipse)
- Ketu (Lunar Eclipse)
- Moon (Chandra)
They occupy different places in our Natal chart (Janma Kundali). According to their specific location in the natal chart, they decide several factors with reference to our life viz. our Nature and Behaviour (Swabhava and Prakruti), Disorders (Roga/Vyadhi), etc. So by looking at one’s natal chart one can predict several things with special reference to Ayurveda as well.
Relationship between Astrology and Human Body
Medicoastrology scientifically studies the role of planetary movements on human constitutions and lives. Astrology is based on the concept that each planet is intrinsically related to specific body tissue and that the various planetary movements and their positions in relation to time exert powerful influences on your mind, body, and consciousness, directly affecting your physical and mental health.
There are co-relations mentioned between planets and the Vital Body tissues (Dhatus) of the Human body.
|Jupiter||Vasa/ Adipose tissue|
|Venus||Shukra dhathu (Sperm/Ovum)|
|Saturn||Mamsa & Snayu (Muscles and tendons)|
Correlation between astrology and Tridoshas
|Associated Sunsigns||Gemini, Virgo, Libra, Capricorn and Aquarius
|Aries, Leo, Sagittarius, and Scorpio||Taurus, Cancer, and Pisces|
|Governing Planets||Mercury, Saturn, Venus (secondary), Rahu||Moon, Venus (primary), Jupiter (primary) Saturn (secondary)||Mars, the Sun, Jupiter (secondary), Ketu.
In Charaka Samhita, the popular Ayurveda Classic, Acharya Charaka has emphasized the importance of celestial bodies. He says while attending a new patient one should always keep in account celestial bodies in the sky along with thorough knowledge of the science for proper cure of the patient. There is another popular book on Medical Astrology called Veerasimha Avalokana which imparts deep knowledge of Vedas, Purusharthas, Astrology, and Ayurveda.
Veerasimha Avalokana summarizes a relationship between body parts and planets.
|Sun and Mars||Eyes|
|Moon and Venus||Mouth|
In addition to the relationship to body parts, diseases, and their treatment in accordance with the planets and stars has been explained in detail in this book.
The basic idea of astrology was and still is, that a man’s fate is determined by the position of the stars at the moment of his birth. The idea is essentially an expression of the more general belief that it is a person’s constitution, at least as much as what happens to him during his life, which determines what he will achieve and the troubles to which he will be prone. This is a belief which most of us still hold, though nowadays, of course, we antedate the astrologers by nine months and say our faults lie in our genes rather than our stars. The basic idea of astrological medicine, which followed more or less logically, was that the probable course of any disease could be predicted from a knowledge of the position of the stars at the moment of onset of the disease.3
- Bull Indian Inst Hist Med Hyderabad. 2007 Jan-Jun;37(1):45-62
- Dwivedi J. N. (2013). Interrelationship of Ayurveda and Astrology. Ayu, 34(1), 26–35. doi:10.4103/0974-8520.115443
- Proc R Soc Med. 1977 Feb;70(2):105-10.