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It is clear from the above table that the most widely used Dasha systems inParashara School such as Vimshottari, Ashtottari , Kalachakra , Yogini, etc are all based onthe natal position of Moon . Moon, although not considered as a planet in Astronomy,has been rightly assigned a pride place in Vedic Astrology with the V.I.P status of a planetindicating the whole life events of a native. Now, some questions arise as to why only Moon is considered for the purpose andnot other planets ? What could be the unique influence of natal Moon to qualify for such a priority treatment ? This article is the result of my efforts to find an answer to thesequestions .
2. Important karakatwas of Moon:
According to Kalidasa’s Uttara Kalamrutha , (Khanda-V , Slokas- 25 to 29), thenatural significations of Moon include the following:
Disposition of mind, heart
, Woman, good or bad, sleep, happiness,
, travel, well, tank,
, impartiality, consumption, salt,
, ability, belly,
, splendor, quick in thought, fame, beauty, mendicant, middleworld,
, middle age,
, going to distant countries, Royal insignia, Good blood ,vital energy, etc . etc.,These karakatwas of Moon (selected out of a lengthy list) bear a unique relationshipwith the physical existence of human life on Earth. Let us briefly examine some of theseimportant aspects which render Moon as an unique planet singularly governing the wholelife span of a native .
i) Moon , the Universal Mother:
Moon plays a vital role in the process of procreation of all living beings on Earth. Itslead role in not only procreation but also nourishing and aiding the growth of siblings aswell as their sustenance till their last breadth is indisputable.The following words from Brihat Jataka by Varahamihira ( Sloka 1 of Chapter 4 )assert the role of moon in human procreation :
“Kujendhu hethu Prathimaasa maarthavam Gathethu peedarksham anushna dheedhithouAtho’nyathaasthe Shubapungrahekshithe Narena Samyogamupaithi Kaamini”
: Mars and Moon are the cause for monthly menses. When Moon is inanupachaya rasis the menses for conception occurs. When the reverse is thecase, and the masculine benefic aspects, the woman gets sexual union withman. (Translation by late Prof .B. Suryanarain Rao, Founder of the AstrologicalMagazine) .