The Sanskrit word for planet is graha, which means seizing, laying hold of, holding, obtaining, perceiving, apprehending, or grasping. The English word ‘to grab’ comes from the same root word. While the word planet does not include the Sun and the Moon, the word graha includes the luminaries. There are nine basic grahas in Jyotiña. They are called grahas as they are that which is controlling the effect of elements in the material, pranic and mental plane. They are the instruments, through which the law of karma is working.
Each planet has so many indications that it is impossible to list them all. Everything in the entire encyclopedia can be gone through and divided into one of the nine planets. Yet, lists are given to help get an understanding of a planet’s energies and actions. Various authors will disagree on certain significations, so the important point is to not become attached to a particular form but understand how a planet significates an object/subject. Significations will also go into infinite subgroups.
Forests are ruled by Leo, but the trees are ruled by Mercury. The wood to be used for carpentry is ruled by Jupiter. The act of building is ruled by Saturn. The architectural structure is ruled by Sun. The architect/engineer is ruled by Mars. The finished house is ruled by Ketu. While the land a home is build on is ruled by Mars. The Feng Shui (vastu) of the property is ruled by Saturn. The herbs in the garden are ruled by the Moon, while the gems buried beneath the ground are ruled by Saturn.
In the forest there are many trees. Fruiting trees are ruled by Jupiter, while fruitless trees are ruled by Mercury. Thorny trees are ruled by Mars. Decorative trees are ruled by Venus. Barren trees are ruled by Saturn. Strong trees with thick trunks are ruled by the Sun. In the same way the natural significator of houses is Ketu, yet with in that signification Moon and Venus give a luxurious house. Mars gives a house made of bricks, Jupiter gives a house made of wood, Sun gives a straw bail house, and Saturn gives a house made of stones. If you didn’t know what type of house Jupiter gave you could surmise that since he rules wood, that he would give a house with abundant wood work. In this way, the natural significations of the planets should be understood in a useable and applicable way.
The significations of the navagraha (nine planets) listed below come from BPHS, Uttar Kalāmåta, Praçna Marga and other classic texts. There is brief mention of other planets for one's holistic understanding based on various sources and general beliefs.
Paraçara describes the Sun as having “sweet brown colored eyes (madhupiìgala) and a square figure, his constitution is pitta, he is intelligent (dhéman), masculine, and tends towards baldness (alpakacha)”.
-BPHS, Graha Guëasvarüpa Adhyäya, verse 23
Significations of the Sun are: The soul (atman), power (shakta), roughness/sharpness (tékñëa), difficult to approach/fortress (durga), strength (bala), heat, splendour, excelling, distinguished (prabhava), fire (agni), worship of Çiva, firmness/constancy/courage (dhairya), protector against wickedness (dauñöatha), having royal favor (räjaçrayatva), fierce/ pungent/sharp (kaöu), aged/full grown (våddhatva), Cattle (paçu), Land (bhu), Father (pitå); splendour/light/lustre (ruchi), knowledge (jïana), rising/coming forth / appearance (udaya), skyward glance (vyomadåk), fear creator (bhirutpanna), land of mankind (manuñya loka), square shape (chatura), Bone (skeletal system); Valour; Grass; The Belly; Strenuous Effort; Forest; Half A Year (uttarayana / dakshinayana); Eye (right); Wandering Over The Mountains (wanderer); Quadruped (also the birds); King; Travelling; Dealing; Bite; Scorch; Circular Shape; Eye Disease; Body (vitality in the body); Timber (wood); Mental Purity; Lordship Of The Whole Country (sovereign); Freedom Form Disease; Lord Of Saurashtra State; Ornaments; Disease In The Head; Precious stones (gems); Lord Of Sky; Short Like A Dwarf; Lord Of The Eastern Direction; Copper; Blood; Kingdom; Red Cloth; Stone; Public Life; River Bank; Ruby; Strong At Mid-Day (Noon); Eastern Direction; Mouth; Long Standing Anger; Capture Of The Enemy; Sattvik (Pure); Red Chandan Or Saffron; Hostility; Thick Cord
Medical Significations: Asthi dhatu. Head, right eye, circulation, heart, general vitality, skeleton, spine.
Diseases: Pitta disorders, constitutional strengths and weaknesses, vitality, heart and circulation, bones, teeth, eyes, skin, headaches, baldness, stomach, inflammations, fevers, head injuries, injuries from quadrupeds.
Paraçara describes the Moons as being “very vata-kapha constitution with a large/wide body, she is wise (präjïa), has good intuition (dåç), sweet speech, is changeable/ ficklminded, and is a hopeless romantic (madanätura).”
Significations of the Moon are: Mind; Imagination; Flower; Good Perfume (incence); Going to a Fortress; Brahmin by caste; Idleness; Phlegmatic (kapha) Humour; Epilepsy (diseases of mind, if afflicted); Enlargement of the Spleen (spleed creates bile which help in fat metabolism); Mental Disposition (state of mind); Heart (feelings); Woman (motherly); Virtue Or Vice (attributes of mind); Saltish taste/ Sleep (peace); Happiness; Anything like Water (any fluid); Bell-Metal; Silver (metal); Sugarcane; Typhoid (infection of intestine); Travel/ Going To Far Off Countries; Well; Pond; Tank (any water body); Mother (relations); Pearls; Consumption (infection of lungs/ TB); Whiteness (colour); Waistband; Short Stature; Ability; Winter Season; White Colour; Belly; Worshipping Goddess Gauri; Joking; Nourishment; Wheat; Pleasure; Splendour; Face; Sharp in Thought (in good association such as Jupiter); Love for Curd; Mendicant (sanyasa yoga); Fame (popularity among masses); Learned; Beauty; Strength at Night; Facing Westward; Learned; Getting A Job; Love For West; The Middle World; Nine Gems (navaratna); Middle Age; Life; Eating (food); Ailment of the Shoulders; Umbrella or any Other Royal Insignia; Good Fruits; Blood Purity and Vitality; Fish and Other Water Creatures; Serpent; Brilliant Things (sparkling); Clean Crystal; Soft And Velvety Clothes; Silk Garments
Medical Significations: Rakta dhatu. Face, Blood, lymph, stomach, lungs, left eye, breasts, uterus, ovaries, fertility, nutrition, mucous membranes.
Diseases: Vata disorders for a waning Moon and kapha disorders (for a waxing Moon), mental emotional disorders, epilepsy, dullness, laziness, moodiness, blood and lymphatic system, edema, menstrual and hormonal disorders, sleep disorders, TB, fear of watery animals.
Paraçara describes Mars as being “being cruel, inconsiderate, and tending to have blood shot eyes, enjoys meat (pala) and his wife (dāra), has pitta constitution, is easily angered/passionate (khrodha), and has a thin waiste”.
Significations of Mars are: Prowess; Land (any immovable property); Strength; Kingship; Loss Of Virility; Thief; Battle; Hostility; Enemy; Generosity; Deep red colour; Owning A Garden; Sound Of A Trumpet; Affection; Quadruped; Fool; Anger; Going to a Foreign Country; Firmness; Supporter; Fire; Controversy; Bile; Heat; Wound; Commander in chief; Day; Seeing; Shortness; Disease; Fame; Tin; Sword; Lance Or Spear; Minister; Fracture Of A Limb; Jewel; Praying To God Subrahmanya; Youth; Pungent; Dubar Hall; Earthen Pots; Obstacles; Flesh eater; Victory Over Enemy; Bitter; Strong At The End Of The Night; Gold; Summer Season; Valour; Enemy's Strength; Profundity Of Character; Male; Axe; Forester; Village Headman; State Inspection; Pain while Passing Urine; Triangle; Goldsmith; Rogue; Burnt Place; Good Dinner; Leanness; Adept In Archery; Blood, Copper; A Beautiful Cloth; Facing South; Desire; Anger; Scandal; House; Sataghni, A Weapon; A Tree; Sama Veda; Brother; Spade Or Hatchet; Looking After The Wild Animals; Independence; Persistency; Judge; Serpent; World; Speech; Fickle Mindedness; Mounting A Vehicle; Sight Of Blood; Coagulation Of Blood
Medical Significations: Mamsa dhatu. Chest, muscles, blood, stamina, strength, liver, spleen, gall-bladder, bone-marrow, hemoglobin, sex organs, endometrium, uterus, eyebrows.
Diseases: Pitta disorders, acne, ulcers, boils, accidents, injuries, cuts, bleeding, surgeries, burns, miscarriage, abortions, endometriosis, head injuries, liver, gallbladder, bile, blood disorders, sexual diseases, menstrual disorders, dysuria, weapons, hemorrhoids, hemorrhages, smoking and diseases caused by it.
Budha ( Mercury)
Paraçara describes Mercury as being “the handsome (having a beautiful form), distinguished (çreñöha), uses words with double meanings (puns), has a sense of humor/ makes jokes, is charming (ruchira), and is tri-doshic (has a mix of all three constitutions).”
Significations of Mercury are: Formal education (schooling); Horses; Treasury; Mathematics; Speech/ Courteous Speech; Infantry; Writing; New Garment, Palatial Building; Green Colour; Sculpture; Astrology; Pilgrimage To Holy Places; Wise Lectures; Temple; Trading; Best Ornaments;Vedanta Philosophy; Maternal Grandfather; Bad Dreams; Eunuch; Facing North; Skin; Wet; Bell metal; Renunciation;Ritu (Season); A Beautiful House; Doctor; Neck; Recitation Of Mantras/ Sattvik Mantras; Childhood; Crooked Look; Heaven; Modesty; Paternal Relation; Fear; Dancing; Devotion; Humorous Temperament; Powerful In The Morning; Hemanta Ritu; Stone To Sharpen Knives; Tranquillity; Navel; Family Prosperity; Mixed Items; Proficient In Telugu Language; Worship Of Lord Vishnu; Sudra; Bird; After Born; Depth Of A Language; The Directions; Atharva Veda; Religious Action; Tower; Dust; Garden; Pudendum Virile; Even; Benefic; Moving In Villages; Impartial Nature; Fond Of Northwest Quarter; Well Versed In The Legends Of The Past; Specialist In Grammar; Expert In Testing Of The Precious Stones; A Scholar; Maternal Uncle; Sacred Prayer; An Amulet
Medical Significations: Rasa dhatu. Hips, skin, forehead, nervous system, lungs, throat, neck, mouth, tongue, forebrain, speech.
Diseases: Tridoshic imbalances, vata, intelligence, discrimination, reason deficiencies, mental aberrations, skin problems, nervous system, nervous breakdowns, vertigo, speech disorders, tremors, ticks, ears, nose, throat and lung problems, impotence.
Paraçara describes Jupiter as having “a large body, is heavy (guru), has yellow/tawny hair and eyes, kapha constitution, intelligence (dhéman) and is skilled in all the scriptures.”
Significations of Jupiter are: Brahmin; Guru; One's Duty; Chariot; Cow; Infantry; Savings; Mimamsa philosophy; Treasure; Horse; Honey; Large Body; Valour; Reputation; Logic;Astrology; Children; Grandson; Dropsy; Philosophy; Grand father; Great grand-father; Palatial House; Gems; Eldest Brother; Lord Indra; Automn Season; Wrath of Priest; Jewel; Merchant; Physical Health; A Beautiful Mansion; Royal Honour; Thighs; God (divine blessings); Penance; Charity; Religious Duty; Helping Others; Impartiality; Facing North; Circular; Yellow Colour; Moving In Villages; Close Friend; Swinging; Orator; Fat; Old Garment; A New House; Happiness; Mantras; Twice Born (Brahmins- Dvija); Holy Water; Knee; Movement In Heaven; A House Granting All Comforts; Intellect; Proficiency In Learning; Literature; Tower; Charming an Audience; Throne; Strong at All Times; a month; Vessels; Yellow Sapphire; Sweet Juice; Being Good; Happiness; Misery; Length; Gentleness; Reading Other's Mind; Ornamentation; Ether; Phlegm; Topaz; Vedic Text; Brilliancy; Softness; Worship Of Lord Shiva; Performing One's Religious Duties; Travelling In A Well-Decorated Carriage
Medical Significations: Meda dhatu. Belly, fat, circulation, allergies, brain, liver, spleen, gallbladder, pancreas, ear, nose,
Diseases: Kapha disorders, obesity, liver, gall bladder, spleen, jaundice, diabetes, ear trouble, weight problems, laziness, chronic diseases, nutrition, tumors, swellings.
Paraçara describes Venus as “one who is happy, has a pleasing/desirable body, is of superior quality (çreñöha), with beautiful eyes, is a poet, has a kapha-vata constitution, and has curly hair.”
Significations of Venus are: White Umbrella; Garment; Marriage; Income; A Biped (Human); Woman; Brahmin; Auspiciousness; Whiteness; Wife; Sexual Happiness; Short; Sour; Flower; Command; Fame; Youthful Vigour; Vehicle; Silver; South-East; Ogling; Scratching;Half A Month; The Quality Of Passion; Strong; Pearl; Yajur Veda; Vaisya; Beauty; Trading; Love-Making; Watery Resort; Elephant; Horse; Variegated Colour; Poetry; Dancing; Middle Age; Singing; Enjoyment; Happiness From The Wife; Gems; Fond Of Humour; Swimmer; Servant; Luck; Variegated Lustre; A Handsome Youth; Kingdom; Scents; Garland; Veena (a string instrument); Flute; Amusement; Lovely Gait; Eight Kinds Of Wealth; All Sorts Of Pleasures; Well Formed Limbs; Sparing In Meals; Spring Season; Ornaments; Eye; Truth Speaking; Proficiency In Art; Semen; Water Sports; Profundity Of Character; Pre-Eminence; Sharp-Witted; Decoration for The Stage; Fond Of Amorous Sports; Broken Health; Love, Greatly Respected And Highly Esteemed; Fondness For White Garments; Bharat Natyama (a form of dance in India); Government Seal; Worshipping Goddess Parvati and Lakshmi; Gentleness; Much Emaciated; Day Sitting Mothers; Literary Composition, Adept at Writing Poetry; Black Hair; Auspicious; Genital Organs; Urine; Afternoon; Diamond
Medical Significations: Shukra dhatu. Pelvis, face, cheeks, kidneys, reproductive system, hormones, semen, ovum, ovaries, uterus, urinary system
Diseases: Vata and kapha disorders, sexual diseases, kidney and urinary tract problems, hormonal and endocrine disorders, diseases of face, eyes, tear duct, diabetes,
Paraçara describes Saturn as “long and thin bodied, yellow/reddish brown eyes, vata constitution, having large teeth, lazy/tired (alasa), crippled in the legs (paìgu), is harsh (khara) and has bristly/course hair.”
The significations of Saturn are: Laziness, Obstruction; Horse; Elephant; Skin (nerves, tendons and ligaments); Gain; Witness; Distress; Sickness; Misunderstanding; Misery; Death; Happiness Through A Woman; Maid Servant; Asses And Mules; Outcast; One With Disfigured Limbs; Haunting Woods; Handsome Look; Gift; A Lord; A Portion Of Life; Eunuch; One Born Of The Lowest Caste; Birds; A Servile Duty; Unrighteous Conduct; One Without Manliness; Telling Lies; Long Lasting; Wind; Old Age; Tendons And Muscles; Strong At The End Of The Day; Sisira Ritu (Winter); Great Anger; Exertion; Born Of A Very Low Mother; Bastard; Golaka (abode of lord Krsna); Dirty Clothes And House; Wicked Mind; Friendship With The Wicket; Black Colour; Evil; Cruelty; Ashes; Black Grains; Gems; Iron; Nobility; A Year; Sudra; One Representing The Father; Learning The Trade Of Another Class; Crippled; Sharp; A Blanket; Facing West; Life Saving Drugs; Downward Look; Agriculture; Life Saving Drugs; Arsenal; A Student Belonging To Another Caste; External Position; North-Eastern; Serpent World; Downfall; Lost in Battle; Wandering; A Spear; Lead; Misdirected Strength; A Turk; Worn Out; Oil; Tamas Guna; Travelling Through Forests and Over Mountains; Hard-Heartedness; Fear; Long Standing Distress; Hunter; Ugly Hair; Entire Sovereignty; Alarm; Goats And The Like; Buffalos And The Like; Indulging In Sex Pleasure; Dressing Oneself For Amorous Appeals; Worshipping God Yama; Dog; Theft And; Cruel-Hearted
Medical Significations: Majja dhatu. Thighs, nerves, teeth, chin, colon, rectum, knees, legs, lymphatic system, joints, white blood cells, bones-osteoporosis
Diseases: Vata disturbances, chronic illnesses, arthritis, gout, rheumatism, paralysis, spasms, idiocy, fear, phobia, melancholia, depression, tumors, cancer, diseases to legs, exhaustion, aging, toxemia, constipation, lameness, amputation, deafness, deformity
Chaya Grahas (Shadow Planets):
Rahu (North Node)
Paraçara describes Rahu as “blue bodied, making smoke or obscuration (dhümräkära), living in the forests (tribal), invoking fear, intelligent (dhéman), and having a vata constitution.”
Significations of Rahu are : Umbrella; Kingdom; Gathering; Fallacious Argument; Hurting By Speech; Downcast; Wicked Woman; An Irreligious Man; Decorated Vehicle; Gambling; Strong At Twilight; Intriguing With A Wicked Woman; Going Abroad; Impurity; Bone; Enlargement Of Spleen; Falsehood; Downward Look; Perplexity; Emerald; Facing The Southern Quarter; Shelter Of Outcast Or Low People; Painful Swelling; A Big Forest; Wandering In Rugged Places; Mountain; Pain; Staying Outside; Tending Towards Southwest; Wind; Phlegm; Sorrow; Serpent; Night Breeze; Sharp; Long; Reptile; Reading Of Dreams; Travel; A Muhurata; Old Age; A Vehicle; World Of Serpents; Mother; Father Or Maternal Grandfather; Air; An Acute Or Sharp Pain; Catarrh; Breathing; Great Prowess; Forest; Worshipper Of Goddess Durga; Wickedness; Cohabitation With Quadrupeds; Urdu Script; Harsh Words
Medical Significations: Hands, nervous system, mouth, lips, ears, extrasensory functions
Diseases: Vata disorders, chronic illness, mental illness, phobias, hysteria, insanity, incurable possession, addiction, obsessive/compulsive and bipolar disorders, poisoning, toxemia, parasites, cancer, psychic disturbances, leprosy, bad dreams, insomnia
Ketu (South Node)
Paraçara says that the serpants from Svarbhänu are similar. Ketu is like Rahu.
Significations of Keu are: Worship Of God Chandeeka, God Ganesha And Many Other Gods; Doctor; Dog; Cock; Vulture; Salvation; All Kinds Of Wealth; Consumption; Pain; Fever; Bathing In The Holy Ganges; Great Penance; Wind; A Hunter; Friendship; Conferring Of Prosperity; Stone; Wound; Witchcraft; Inconstancy; Knowledge Of Brahma; Belly; Eye Sore; Stupidity; Thorn; Deer; Knowledge; Observing Silence As A Fast; Philosophy; All Sorts Of Luxuries; Luck; Trouble Form Enemies; Loss Of Appetite; Indifference To The World; Paternal Grandfather; Hunger; Severe Stomach ache; Boils And The Like Skin Troubles; Revolving The Orders Of Arrest; Association Of Sudra.
Medical Significations: Legs, hair, extrasensory functions
Diseases: Pitta disorders, mental confusion, accidents, epidemics, eruptive fevers, viral and infectious diseases, catastrophies, parasites, viruses, psychic disturbance, diagnostic confusion, wrong surgery, speech disorders, TB, non-healing wounds, radiation problems
The new planets of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto were all discovered after the 1700’s. Some argue that because they cannot be seen with the unaided eye that they do not affect us. This comes from the Mémäàsa concept of pratyakña which means visible before the eyes, or direct perception and apprehension. I personally where eye glasses. To say that if I can only see the street signs while I am driving with my classes that I shouldn’t believe they have any affect on me would not be true. The eye classes help me to see what is already there, it is just a help to focus my vision. This is the same as a telescope helping the human eye to see what is actually in the sky. In the same way the new planets are there in the sky and attention to them will show an effect on the horoscope.
The important thing to note is that they are outside the system of one to nine. They are not primal archetypes but evolve from that which is already present. The root of astrology exists in the Soul, the mind and the five elements. These must be understood fully before mixing in new planets of which little mention is made in the classic texts. In Jyotiña these type of extra planets and points are called upagrahas, where upa means secondary. There are many secondary grahas used in Jyotiña, which should be understood first.
Chiron was discovered in 1977. It is associated with the new age movement. It is located between Saturn and Uranus and is considered a bridge to the new outer planets. Western astrologers associate it with Virgo, while some Vedic astrologers connect it with Hasta nakñatra. The symbol for Hasta is a hand and Chiron is connected to healing, divination, tarot and astrology just as the palm of Hasta represents.
Uranus was discovered in 1781. The major world events at that time were the Industrial revolution, electricity, and machines. Western astrologers associated Uranus with Aquarius. Some Vedic astrologers associate it with the Nakñatra Ñatabiña, which is ruled by Varuëa, a devatta with similarity to Uranus.
Neptune was discovered in 1846. The major world events at that time were the invention of photography, film, and collective trends. It relates to ecstasy- spiritual or intoxicated, art, music, dancing, illusions of world, psychic powers. Western astrologers associated it with Pisces, while some Vedic astrologers connect it to Revati nakñatra.
Pluto was discovered in 1930. The major events in the world were the Atom bomb, the great depression, dictators of underworld quality (Hitler, Stalin), gangsters, and mafia. Western astrologers associate Pluto with Scorpio, while some Vedic astrologers connect it to Jyeñöä nakñatra. Pluto himself relates to the vedic deity Yama, the god of death.
Important secondary planets in the traditional system are Gulika and Mandi. They are mathematical points based of the time of Saturn. Gulika shows the poison one takes on to themselves while Mandi will show the poison (negativity) one gives to others. These are important planets relative to diseases like cancer.
Vedic Shadowy Planet Mandi Observed at Lucerne (excerpt)
In addition to the seven major planets, Vedic astrology recognises a set of non-luminous, shadowy planets, the two most famous being Rahu and Ketu, the Northern and Southern nodes of the Moon. Two others which are often referred to in the Vedic astrological literature are Gulika and Mandi. These-non luminous planets have never been considered to have have physical shape or form, although there are descriptions of them in the Puranas and calculations are given to find their coordinates.
At this moment we shall consider a sighting of what is apparently Mandi, one of the principal non-luminous planets. In the Vedic astronomical literature, all non-luminous planets are deemed to have an eclipsing function, in other words, the Puranas describe that these planets cover or “ swallow “ the luminaries.
But the lack of any kind of evidence whatsoever of the existence of the non-luminous planets has always grouped in their belief with the stuff of fairy tales or imagination.However, the following article from the August, 1999, edition of the British magazine Astronomy Now seems to provide documented evidence which supports the existence of the non-luminous planet Mandi. Such proof seems to be unwittingly provided by the Western astronomical community itself, which is very ironic as Western astronomers usually discount the Puranic astronomical descriptions as being poppycock. At any rate, in the " Key Moments in Astronomy " column, by Ian Seymour, the article entitled " A Very Singular Phenomenon " appeared:
"Historical sources record many astonishing astronomical events, but few remain as bewildering as' a very singular phenomenon seen in the disk of the Sun,' reported by the Annual Register for 1766. The journal's account warrants full repetition, for events of August 9, 1762, seem both well-attested and unique.
On that day ' M. de Rostan, of the economic society at Berne, and of the medicophysical society a Basle, whilst he was taking the Sun's altitude with a quadrant at Lucerne … observed that the Sun gave but a faint pale light, which he attributed to the vapors of the Leman lake; however, happening to direct a 14 foot telesope armed with a micrometer, to the Sun, he he was surprised to see the Eastern side of the Sun, as it were eclipsed about three digits, taking in a kind of nebulousity, which environed the opaque body, by which the Sun was eclipsed. In the space of about two hours and a half, the South side of the said body, whatever it was, appeared detached from the limb of the Sun; but the limb, or more properly, the northern extremity of this body, which had the shape of a spindle, in breadth about three of the Sun's digits, and nine in length, did not quit the Sun's northern limb. This spindle kept continually advancing on the Sun's body, from East towards West, with no more than about half the velocity with which the ordinary spots move; for it did not disappear till the 7th of September … M. Rostan, during that time observed it almost every day: that is to say for near a month: and, by means of a camera obscura, he delineated the figure of it, which he sent to the Royal Academy of Sciences in Paris.' The next paragraph raises this observation far above the usual run of fantastic anecdotes, for ' the same phaenomenon was observed at Sole, in the bishopric of Basle, situated about 5 and 40 German leagues Northward of Lausanne. M. Coste … observed it there, with a telescope of 11 feet, , and found it of the same spindle-like form … only it was not quite so broad [ for ] the body began to turn about, and present its edge. A more remarkable circumstance is, that at Sole it did not answer to the same point of the Sun as it did at Lausanne: it therefore had a considerable parallax: but what so very extraordinary a body, placed between the Sun and us, should be, is not easy to divine. It was no spot, since its motion was greatly too slow, nor was it a planet or comet, its figure seemingly proving the contrary. In a word, we know of nothing to have recourse to in the heavens whereby to explain this phaenomenon; and, what adds to the oddness of it, M. Messier, who constantly observed the Sun at Paris during the same time, saw nothing of such an appearance.'"
The reader may note that the phenomenon was not preceived by Messier observing in Paris. A modern parallel, which has been narrated by Jan Lamprecht in his book " Hollow Planets," may offer an explanation for this. In the 1950s, strange situation arose whereby one noted astronomer, Richard Baum of the British Astronomical Association, and Patrick Moore, perhaps Britain's most noted astronomer, disagreed on their observations of the planet Venus. Richard Baum reported seeing radial spokes emanate from a point on or near the Southern pole of Venus while Patrick Moore never preceived them. They both had a sensitivity check done on their eyes, and it was determined that Richard Baum had quite a bit of sensitivity in the ultra violet band while Patrick Moore did not. Visual sensitivity could also account for the fact that Messier did not perceive what the other two did.
Ian Seymour concludes his article by commenting “ What could this object have been? …Natural explanations do not readily come to mind ….”
At this point, I would like to offer an explanation for that which was witnessed by the two astronomers. It was the shadowy planet Mandi of Vedic astronomy. The celestial coordinates of the Sun and Mandi were synonomous, I repeat synonomous, during the time period under consideration. For example, on August 9, 1762, on the first day of M. Rostan´s observations, according to the Vedic Jyotish program Visual Jyotish, the Sun was in sidereal Cancer at 26*26', while Mandi was at 25* 45'of sidereal Cancer. On September 7th, the Sun was at sidereal Leo at 24*27' and Mandi was at 23*46'. The half a degree of divergence is negligible as the above-mentioned software program is not exactly research grade. The reader may not have much experience with commercial astronomy or astrology programs, but anytime one takes such a program back several hundred years, errors of a few minutes start cropping up. For our purposes right now, however, the information at hand more than serves the purpose- this scribe will leave it to somebody else to come along and do any double checking.
Not only do we have a match in terms of coordinates, but we also have a match in terms of a description of the nature and activity of the graha Mandi- it was performing its role as per the Puranas of engulfing the Sun with its shadow.
Now, such an explanation will not probably sit well with the modern, Western scientific temperament which tends to strongly discount Vedic astronomical descriptions, maybe because such descriptions aren't understood, and maybe because they seem to be too fantastic. But this explanation must be dealt with nevertheless because such a close astronomical correspondence in terms of celestial coordinance cannot be chalked up to merely chance; nor may a simultaneous correspondence between the observed effect of the phenomenon and the Puranic descriptions of the way in which Mandi is supposed to cover or “ swallow “ the Sun be chalked up to chance. The correspondences pointed out justify and even demand investigation by modern astronomers, in the same way that they justify and demand that the Puranic astronomical descriptions be revisited with new respect, even though such descriptions may not tabulate with currently accepted parameters.
Perhaps the following observations by Joseph H. Cater will shine some light on the nature of the phenomenon observed and on the nature of the Vedic shadowy planets:
" One of the phenomena concerning the Sun which completely baffles all of the scientists is that it seems to rotate faster at the equator than it does in the higher latitudes. The sunspots in the vicinity of the equator make a revolution about the sun in less time than those in the higher latitudes. This is an annoying paradox which can't be pushed aside by these scientists because it is out there for all to observe.
The part of the Sun that we see is a highly fluidic blanket. The portion around the equator could rotate faster if, and only if, a steady external pull is exerted on this region of the Sun. Otherwise, internal friction would eventually produce a uniform motion. This means that bodies in orbit near the equator and close to the surface are generating a high concentration of gravity-inducing radiations [ Note: Gravity effects ]. It becomes evident that such bodies could not consist of normal matter. If they are not a group or UFOs, or special satellites comprised of unique materials, then they must be composed of atoms and molecules made up of softer particles [ Note: lower frequency photon aggragates ] which are affected very little by the Sun's radiation. Such bodies could generate a concentration of gravity radiations considerably out of proportion to their masses. Being constructed of this kind of material, they would be practically invisible.
For those who choose to remain within the parameters of generally-accepted modern physics, without an explanation for this observed phenomenon, then maybe the timeless wisdom of Hamlet is very apropriate as he instructs his friend:" There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." ( Hamlet, I, v, 166 )
By Dean De Lucia/Dharmapada Dasa