Essentials of Vedic Astrology Module 1: Static Horoscope
Lesson 3A: Planetary portfolios

Durga - Divine Mother

Planetary portfolios

HEART, Feelings, emotions
Mind - Mediator/reflector between outer and inner
Change, Public
Social Behavior
Travel, Affluence
rules Cancer

Moon is the essence of woman - the feminine, mothering and nurturing. Moon rules the tides, the oceans. The element of water corresponds to the emotions. So moon as lord of waters is the quintessential planet of the emotions. Here again we see the correspondence with women in their archetypal role as primarily emotional creatures. Also on the physical level the menstrual cycle runs according to the moon phase and is therefore governed by the moon. Other qualities typically associated with the feminine are softness, passivity, receptive and absorbing.
A useful analogy to illustrate the relation ship of the archetypal feminine with the archetypal masculine [sun] is the phenomenon of the moon in the night sky. The moon [passive feminine] shines with the reflected light of the sun [active masculine]. However in this context, the sun is transcendental [not seen] yet its effects are seen through the instrument of the moon. In this context the sun is held to be the soul or transcendental Self while the moon is the mind. The moon/mind shines with the reflected light of the sun/self and is a reflector and instrument there of. But the sun is the hidden, [as if] transcendental, unmanifest cause.
From this we can see that the moon as well as emotions is also the mind. The mind is distinct from the intellect - that which discriminates. The moon like a loving mother does not discriminate between the well behaved and ill behaved children. She loves them all equally. In the same way the mind as repository of information gathered by the senses does not discriminate. It passively receives and absorbs. It is in the deeper functioning of the intellect [mercury] to discriminate and discern.
This non discriminating and all nourishing quality of the moon is reflected in the analysis of planetary strengths or dignities. While all the other planets entertain enmity towards some of the other planets - the moon has enmity towards none. She is accepts all.
Thus the moon signifies mind, mother, woman, tender feeling, love and affection, politeness, socialism, sympathy, kindness, idealism, social work, excellent physical stature, stored energy, mental happiness, mental strength, family life, happiness and miseries, treasury, people, artistic skill, silk, water, watery things, thinking, love marriage, fat, marrow, stomach, Satwa guna, phlegmatic disease, salt, cultivation, navigator, milk, manners, psycho physiological consciousness, moral and religious acts, feminine tenderness, fancies, romances etc.
Disease: disease of the stomach cough and cold, lunacy, disease of the nerve, pthysis, colic pain, intestinal disease, kidney disease.
Metal : Conch shell, Silver, Moonstone. It signifies Calcium.
Co lour: Whiteness.
Vocation: Clerkship, dealer of silk or fine machineries, or business concerning watery things.
Also associated with vocations based on giving care, can also be entertainers or people who trade off their personality
Birth star : Krithika and Rohini.
Digit: 2, 5, 15, 17, 49.
Strength: The full moon attains the maximum strength when the sun and the moon are associated with stars (Nakshatras) No. 3, 4, 5. When the moon is weak in a man's birth chart or he ia associated with his enemy or natural malefic or he is debilitated the native becomes fickle minded. When the moon is aspected by or conjoined with Saturn (Sani) the native becomes moody, gloomy, or pensive temperamentally and at the same time he (the native) becomes morose and sorrowful.

Following are 2 descriptions of a person characterized by the Moon. The first characterizes a strong Moon, the second a weak Moon.
She signifies one of composed manners, soft & tender, a lover of all honest & ingenious sciences
Because of the speed of the moon relative to the other slower moving planets of zodiac, the moon is an indicator of change. Accordingly this type of person is always looking for the new -
a searcher & delighter in novelties; a natural tendency to shift from place to place; unsteady, prodigal, living for the present. Timid, easily frightened: loving peace & to live free from the cares of this life
Regarding occupations: someone who operates in a variety of ways within or around their career - changing

When weak or afflicted, this kind of person tends to be vagabond or lazy, shiftless - hating labor or hard work
Can be a drunkard, one of no spirit or prospects, delighting to live like a beggar with no cares - or a malcontent

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Essentials of Vedic Astrology - Lesson 3A Planetary portfolios ©2006 Astrosalon p/l