Navagraha(Planets) in Vedic Astology
According to Vedic Astrology, the planets are relay stations for the reception and transmission of stellar energies.
In Vedic Astrology, the seven major or visible planets are normally listed in order of the days they rule: Sun, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Satutday.
Order of Navagraha(Nine Planets)
Of the planets, the Sun and the Moon, as the two luminaries are most important. Next in importance are Mars, Jupiter and Saturn as the major planets beyond the orbit of the earth. Then come Venus and Mercury as the major planets within the orbit of Earth and therefore always close to the Sun.
The Lunar nodes, norh and south, called Rahu and Ketu, regarded as shadowy or secondary planets, are of yet less imporatance. After them in significance we can place the distant planets of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.
Navagraha and the Qualities of Nature
The planets are generally given the three qualities as follows:
|Sattva||Sun, Moon and Jupiter|
|Rajas||Mercury and Venus|
|Tamas||Mars and Saturn (also Rahu and Ketu)|
Elements of the Navagraha(Planets)
The traditional association of elements and planets in Vedic Astrilogy are as follows:
|Air||Saturn and Rahu|
|Fire||Sun, Mars and Ketu|
|Water||Moon and Venus|
Navagraha(Planetary) Natures - Benefic and Malefic
|Genaral Benefic||Moon and Mercury|
|Greater Malefic||Saturn and Rahu|
|Lesser Malefic||Mars and Ketu|