Astrologically, planets are considered as celestial bodies, whose movements are tracked by keeping earth as the central point. It is believed that these heavenly bodies cast their influence on earth, nature and its inhabitants to a great extent.
From Vedic astrological point of view luminary Sun, Satellite Moon, Planets- Venus, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, Sensitive points or shadowy planets normally referred to as Rahu- Ketu in astrological language – are all taken as Planets.
The word planet is derived from the Greek word planetes, meaning wanderer. As per Hindu mythology Planet is Sam Bhavate Sam Grah, that means, “which influences is called Grah". As per "Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra" (Chapter 2 verse 3-4) some of the inborn incarnations of Lord Vishnu gradually developed as planets. These entities confer results to individuals based on their Karmas or deeds.
In preceding paragraphs attempt is made to provide a glimpse of these entities from astrological point of view:-
The sun being an orb, or circle, is one of the oldest entities known that represents life in many cultures. While the sun is not a true planet it is considered so in astrology forecasts. The sun represents ego and conscious will as well as physical life energies. Known by many names throughout history, it’s believed that its knowledge was given by Brahma to the Hindus, Mithra to the Persians, Quetzalcoatl to the Aztecs, Helios to the Greeks. As per Hindu Mythology Sun is considered as the son of Aditi and sage Kashyap.
Astrologically in an horoscope- Sun signifies Soul, health, father, power, royalty, authority, fame, name, courage, patrimony, medicine, wool, wood, self-realization, influence, prestige, power, favor, wisdom and finer facts among various things. Sun bestows willpower, energy and fortune to each and every individual, enabling them to live life to its grandest. Right from the looks of a being, to the personality, wisdom and achievements, Sun has the dominant role to play.
The Sun signifies what one aspires to be, what one wish to believe of him or her, essential value, the "essence" of who we are. It represents vitality, leadership, creativity and the nobility of mankind.
How the Sun will manifest its energy, depends upon the Sign, the House in which it falls, its aspects on other planets and others planets aspect on it.
The House in which the sun is in the horoscope indicates the specific area in which one will manifest his or her identity. Self-realization comes through the matters connected with that House.
The Aspects to and of the Sun show psychological influences on the identity which have to be integrated in some way. Aspects indicate specific effects that modify the expression of our identity and make us unique individuals.
If the sun is well placed in the horoscope, it enhances the related significations to a great extent. On the other hand, if not well placed there can be areas of concern related to above significations.
Astrologically the Moon is seen as the mind, Receptive in nature, it governs the subconscious, the emotions and the behavioral instincts of individuals, it reflects the power of the inner life and indicates how one deals with and portray thyself to others. It has a nurturing influence that gives a deep impression and unique sensitivity within the mind. The moon is termed as Luna by the Romans, Selene and Artemis by the Greeks, and many other names in other mythologies. According to Harivansha Purana moon was the son of Sage Atri and was nurtured by the ten DISHAS (directions)
Astrologically moon signifies Mother, travels, heart, mind, emotions, liquid, gardening, changes, popularity, infancy, personality, bovines, inclinations among various things. Moon is responsible for our fertility, growth, long distance travel, mental peace, memory, relation with our mother and childbirth. The Moon is related to instincts, and is profoundly connected to the personal unconscious, and all the habitual behavior that is looked after by this mysterious part of ourselves. The Moon shows how we instinctively react to protect ourselves and others.
How the Moon will manifest its energy, depends on the horoscope as a whole. The Sign the Moon is in shows the specific way we react, and the kind of emotional needs we have. The House in which the Moon is in horoscope indicates the specific area in which one works to increase the feelings of security. This area is where one is most vulnerable and defensive. Though this is also the area where we experience the greatest growth and show the greatest concern for others.
The Aspects to and of the Moon show specific emotional experiences which affect our psychological make-up. These aspects are integrated into our emotional nature to give specific reaction patterns and habits.
If Moon is well placed in the horoscope, it enhances the related significations to a great extent. On other hand if not well placed there can be areas of concern related to above significations.