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Astrology and Ayurveda

Astrology or Jyotish, as we call it in India, has originated from the ancient knowledge and recorded in scriptures prepared by sages who were able to rise above the consciousness of mankind and develop a scientific, yet a divine system of determining an individual’s past, present, and future. This vast ocean of knowledge that we know as astrology is deeply and intricately connected with other Vedic principles such as Ayurveda, Yoga, Reiki,  etc. Simply put, astrology and Ayurveda have the same fundamental five elements or “Panch Mahabutas” that they are based on – fire, water, earth, ether, and air. A balance of these elements in astrology is necessary and is required by your soul to exist and the same elemental balance is needed for your body to be in the best of health while you exist.

To begin with, how Ayurveda and Astrology are linked to each other, we must describe what a ‘dosha’ and ‘guna’ are. For a better understanding of these, we must delve a bit into the basics of Ayurveda. 

In Ayurveda, dosha refers to your body’s constitution whereas a ‘guna’ refers to one’s inborn qualities or the constitution of the mind. When there is an imbalance in one or more of the doshas, it results in a disease or condition in the individual. There are three doshas, namely – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. It is also important to mention here that each dosha is majorly represented by two elements:

  • Vata- Ether and air
  • Pitta-Fire and Water
  • Kapha- water and earth

‘Guna’ on the other hand is basically the inborn nature of an individual’s mind and since they are three gunas in Ayurveda which are called as triguna. These gunas are – Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas. Together, these are known as the ‘Mansa Dosha’ or the dosha of the mind. Studying the Trigunas in Ayurveda helps the physician determine the type of the individual.

‘Guna’ on the other hand is basically the inborn nature of an individual’s mind and since they are three gunas in Ayurveda which are called as triguna. These gunas are – Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas. Together, these are known as the ‘Mansa Dosha’ or the dosha of the mind. Studying the Trigunas in Ayurveda helps the physician determine the type of the individual.

But what do the trigunas represent? Sattva represents the energy needed for creation, Rajas represents the particle movement whereas Tamas represents the inert material that has the potential to take new form.  These trigunas are metaphysical entities that are believed to have been existing in the universe and basis entity for the creation. 

Having understood the basics of the tridoshas and the trigunas, it becomes easy to learn that both they influence mental and the physical well being of an individual respectively and their balance or interplay determines the overall health of each individual according to Ayurveda.

But how is all this connected with Astrology? Well, astrology as we know, is the metaphysical science that describes how the planets, like Sun and Moon, are connected with an individuals’ nature, personality, past, present and future. Based on the position of the planets and the signs or rashis in an individual’s chart, they help determine how a person is. In astrology, each individual is said to be a combination of all three doshas and all the three guns and never a single dosha or guna. The Vata dosha is ruled by your lagna or ascendant, pitta dosha is ruled by the sun and the Kapha dosha is ruled by the moon.

Among the many ancient Ayurvedic texts, one that needs a mention in this context is the Charak Samhita. According to this book, every Ayurvedic doctor must know and understand the connection and common basis that all Vedic principles, especially Ayurveda and Astrology share. The Charak Samhita says that when a patient goes to a vaidya or an Ayurvedic doctor with a disease condition, the planetary positions in the sky needs to be studied, and this knowledge needs to be combined with the knowledge of Ayurveda to know the exact depth of the disease presented with and how long it will take to cure the disease. Also, the patients basically are said to report with a problem in one of the three doshas or gunas, if the ailment has mental origins.

Apart from this, there are a few ways astrology helps determine the health of an individual. Among the 12 houses used in astrology, the 6th house talks about disease, the 8th house is used to determine the longevity of a disease and the 12th house gives information about the extent of the suffering of a person from a disease. Also, the 1st house is said to play a significant role in the health and overall well being of an individual. 

Even the Dasa and the Mahadasa periods in an individual’s lifetime play a crucial role in his/her health. If these Dasa or Mahadasa periods are negative at a given time when the individual is suffering from an illness, it can have a negative or fatal results for the individual.

Astrology doesn’t just give you information about one’s disease but plays a vital role in determining one’s dosha or the overall constitution of the body and guna? The ascendant or Rashi is used for determining this. The planets present in the first house of the natal chart of the individual can help too. For example, having Saturn in the first house gives the native a Vata constitution whereas having Jupiter in the house can give the native a Kapha constitution. It is useful to mention here that people of sattvic nature are generally of the Kapha constitution, those of a rajas nature have a pitta constitution and those of tamasic nature are usually of the Vata constitution.

Since the 6th, 8th and 12th house also affects ones’ health and healing, the planets in these houses also have a vital role to play in this regard. Another astrological aspect that can influence an individual’s dosha and guna is the sign in which the moon is present. Each type of dosha has certain typical characteristics.

A Vata type individual is usually thin, has a quicker urge to satisfy his/her needs, is often distracted and finds it difficult to concentrate easily, eats are irregular hours and doesn’t chew food properly. Signs like Gemini, Virgo, Capricorn, Aquarius and Libra are of this constitution.

An individual of Kapha constitution type is relatively calm, slow and thoughtful in nature and thinking, and loves to eat and enjoy food. Taurus, Cancer and Pisces people fall into this type.

A person of pitta constitution is often well-balanced in his/her nature and actions but can be hot-headed. For a person of pitta type, eating and food are not a priority. Aries, Leo, Sagittarius and scorpion individuals fall into this type of dosha.

Those with a knowledge of either Astrology or Ayurveda are often surprised by how deeply the two sciences are intertwined. It is also incredible to realise that these ancient sciences were not just relevant and accurate back then but continue to be relevant even in today’s technologically advanced world where many things cannot be explained purely by medicine or astronomy. Hungry for more on such interesting topics? Explore our blog!

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