|SOMA - THE MOON
The Moon in Vedic astrology is called
CHANDRA. In Sanskrit CHANDRA means "bright and shining".
The Moon is also called SOMA, named after the intoxicating
sacred drink used in Vedic sacrifice. Where all westerners
know their Sun-sign, you will find all Hindus know their
Moon sign, for the Moon, and its birth sign are important
in Hindu culture and astrology.
In fact, Hindus do not celebrate
their birthday on the calendar day on which they were
born. Instead, they celebrate their birthday in the month
they were born when the Moon enters the part of the sign
it was in at birth. Such is the importance of the
Moon in Vedic culture.
The bright Moon is considered a benefic of the highest
order, and the dark Moon is considered a malefic. The Moon
is known as a hare, or rabbit in Vedic lore, as he jumps
faster than any of the other grahas. The Moon rules over
the sidereal sign of Cancer. He is exalted in Taurus, and
fallen in the opposite sign of Scorpio.
The Moon is a karaka of many things.
He is an indicator of the mother, and females in general,
the public, general well-being and happiness, femininity
and beauty, the eyesight, memory and the mind.
Many western students of astrology are shocked to discover
that the Moon is indicative of the mind, and not Mercury.
The Sun is the indicator of the soul, and the Moon is the
vehicle of the mind that receives the light of the soul.
Mercury is the further process that is called the
intellect, which places a value on what the mind has
received. The Moon as the mind is indicative of all the
senses and their ability to perceive life in its entire
splendor. Mercury represents a further distillation and
conceptualization of that process and its ultimate
intellectualization in forming judgment.
The Moon is most comfortable and
powerful in the 4th House; she also likes the angles. The
Moon is particularly beneficial for the water sign
ascendants of Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. Her nature is
KAPHA, or watery. Her gem is the Moonstone and Natural
Pearls. Her metal is silver and her direction is
|SOMA AS SEEN IN TEMPLES
The Moon's day is Monday. The Moon
comes into her full maturity at age 24. In Vedic myth the
Moon, or CHANDRA, is depicted as Male. He is married to
the 27 lunar mansions or NAKSHATRAS as they are called in
Sanskrit that makes up the sidereal cycle of the Moon.
This is how long it takes the Moon to move through all the
signs, some 27 odd days. Each night he stays in one of the
mansions until he has visited all 27 wives and the
sidereal cycle is completed. But, having 27 wives, Chandra
does not treat them all equally. He is especially fond of
the lunar mansion ROHINI, in Taurus where the Moon is
CHANDRA (MOON) is a lovable God - a loving god. Pleasing
to children as well as elders universally appealing to
everyone whatever may be the religion of the onlooker.
Sages and devotees invoke the Goddess Mother in Chandra
and meditate for hours.
This graha (Moon) causes nightfall strengthens the mind,
purifies the blood and is considered as the mother who
radiates nectar (Amrut). Worship of this graha is said to
be beneficial for relief from all sorrows, helps in curing
mental afflictions etc. His cool rays radiate happiness
around. He adores the head of Lord Siva.
In the Zodiac he is the lord of Cancer. Worshipping
Chandra on Mondays is said to be very effective in getting
one's prayers answered.