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Celestial Bodies & Vaastu Design

Vaastu expert SBS SURENDRAN describes the influence of the Planets on the practice of Vaastu, and draws interesting similarities to Chinese feng shui.

Vaastu and Feng Shui contain the secret keys to realigning the home or office in accordance with cosmic principles and nature’s forces. The effect of solar energy, movement of the celestial spheres, influence of the planets, magnetic field of the earth, gravitational forces and the effect of sun and moon have a strong bearing on the well-being of the individual.

Apart from the application of mathematics in calculating the sectors, dividing the plot and aligning the building with regard to the compass directions and nature’s forces, Vaastu also has a strong influence due to the planetary positions, transit and its impact on the occupants of the home. Like In feng shui where annual afflictions, monthly stars, daily stars and hourly stars can influence the building and affect the animal sign of the individual, Vaastu also gets affected due to celestial changes and has an influence on the occupants.

When adapting a very traditional school of Vaastu while designing home, quite often, the horoscope of the owner of the property is also taken into consideration to decide on the auspicious time for commencement of work, to calculate the most favorable main door position, good and bad sectors in the plot, house warming and moving in time.

To get to know the relationship between Vaastu and the celestial bodies, it would be even better to have an insight into Indian Vedic Astrology, basics of astronomy and the relationship between planets in the solar system. The planetary system, which is also known as the solar system or “Surya Mandala” ( Surya= sun, mandala= encircle) consists of the Sun and other planets held by the gravitational power of the Sun and they revolve around it and the period of revolution differs according to the size, distance and speed of the planet.

There are nine major planets which are of significance in Indian astrology as per the Surya mandala and these are called “Nava Grahas” (nava= Nine, Grahas= planets). The term “Navagraha” denotes the nine celestial bodies which are central to astrological calculations but are different from the nine planets as they appear in astronomy.

When planets move from one direction to another, it brings about changes in the well being and fortune of the individual.

Out of Nine planets, seven of them exist and two happen to be the nodes of the moon known as “Rahu” and “Ketu”. These 2 nodes of the moon are the two points at which it crosses the ecliptic, the band of constellations or zodiac against which the sun appears to move. The nodes were so important in calculations that they were given the status of “half Planets”.

In Vedic Astrology, the planets are named as Ravi for Sun, Chandra for Moon, Mangala for Mars, Budha for Mercury, Guru as Jupiter, Shukra as Venus and Shani for Saturn and the two nodes as Rahu and Ketu which contribute towards invisible influences. The path of the planets’ movement is elliptical. Out of the nine planets, five of them are said to have a direct effect on terrestrial events and they are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

In the Advanced school of Vaastu, the planets not only have a bearing on the occupants but also influence the design element in terms of layout and décor. They also radiate the type of energy which aids specific activity of a sector in a building.

The planet Sun is the King of all planets, having a purifying male energy and a stable and selfless nature. This planet rules the East and resides at the Northeast quadrant of the home and hence in Vaastu, the Northeast sector is set aside for spiritual knowledge, meditation and worship, as the Sun also represents the inner or true self.

The Moon is considered as life giving or mother energy and relates to the subconscious and instinctive activities. The moon signifies rejuvenation, renewal, refreshment and signifies the bathroom in a home layout.

Jupiter, the largest planet known as “Guru”, represents wisdom, learning, knowledge and is also said to be the planet to dispel darkness. Guru also means Teacher and is referred to as “Teacher of the Assembly of Gods”. This planet represents the library and study sector of the home. Placing valuables like jewelry in the North sector of the house which represents Guru is considered auspicious.
Mercury, the smallest planet, is the closest to the sun and is the planet for communication and is a messenger, but is said to be restless too. Vedic astrology refers to this planet as “Budha” which is derived from the Sanskrit word “Buddhi” or intellect. This planet is said to be very active when a living or dining room is in this sector and activates the social life.

Venus is the brightest and most radiant planet and is known as “Shukra” in Vedic Astrology and governs the romance side of the human nature, passion, beauty and the arts. This planet governs the bedroom and the dress area and is often complemented with colours like pink, peach, chrome yellow and at times light blue.

The Planet Mars also known as the Red Planet is called “Kuja” in Vedic Astrology and it can be seen with the naked eye in the night. This planet relates to war, fire, and instability and is destructive, hence this planet governs the Kitchen sector.

The planet which is slowest moving, darkest and relates to element metal is Saturn known as “Shani”. It is the darkest planet and corresponds to all dark places like cupboards, basements, lofts etc.

Vaastu and the celestial influence enables us to understand and design a layout of a house according to the function of each room, rotation of the earth and the position of the sun throughout the day. The ancient sage (monks) believed that the mind and body have different activities depending upon the time of the day and designed and orientated the various components of the house to harmonize the movement of the sun and the daily human cycle.

Harmonizing the energy of the Planets which govern the individual and the energy of the place of dwelling with proper Vaastu ensures a Home with total harmony and peace.


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The following article is taken from the "Feng Shui World (May/June 2009)". To subscribe, please click here.