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Varga * Amsha * Graha


Planetary Chakra Lords

from Astrology of the Seers by David Frawley

Chakra book cover artist Harish Johari

"Seven Chakra" paintings and drawings

by artist Harish Johari

Book of Revelation

  • 1:20, KJV
"The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks.

The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches

and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches."

In The Astrology of the Seers, page 229-233, the eminent American Jyotishi David Frawley outlines the following system of planets-to-chakras:

(Sun-Moon are considered as a single planet.)

Chakra number

Sanskrit name there are numerous regional names; these are mainstream labels

Ruling Graha

Inhalation prana going up the spine = "Lunar half" of zodiac

Exhalation prana going down the spine = "Solar half" of zodiac

1

Mula-dhara [Kundalini]Chakra

Shani

Kumbha (start)

Makara (end)

2

Sva-dhi-sthana Chakra

Guru

Meena

Dhanushya

3

Mani-pura Chakra

Mangala

Mesha

Vrischika

4

Anahata Chakra

Shukra

Vrishabha

Thula

5

Vishuddha Chakra

Budha

Mithuna

Kanya

6

Ajna Chakra

Chandra-Surya

Karkata

Simha

7

Sahashra-padma

Sahasra-nama Chakra

Outside planetary system

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This arrangement is quite sensible given the job of each chakra.

  • Saturn does 1st-chakra grounding/stabilizing

  • Jupiter does 2nd-chakra procreating/creating

  • Mars does 3rd-chakra competition/action

  • Venus does 4th-chakra loving/embracing

  • Mercury does 5th-chakra speaking/articulating thoughts

  • Sun-Moon do 6th-chakra perceiving/intuiting.

  • (7th chakra might be speculatively said to be ruled by Rahu-Ketu.)

Chakras and Graha = exaltation

The Astrology of the Seers, page 229-233, also describes something even more interesting: Frawley's chakra-based explanation of planetary exaltation signs

Chakra no.

English name

Ruling Graha

Lunar Sign

Exalted Planet

Solar Sign

Exalted Planet

1

Root

Shani

Kumbha (start)

Makara (end)

Mangala

2

Sex

Guru

Meena

Shukra

Dhanus

3

Navel

Mangala

Mesha

Surya

Vrischika

4

Heart

Shukra

Vrishabha

Chandra

Shani

5

Budha

Mithuna

Kanya

Budha

6

Chandra - Surya

Karka

Guru

Simha

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Frawley's description of energy point along the central nadi channels being the rationale for exaltation points certainly makes sense, especially in lieu of any other explanation of uttama and nichha positions.

  • Chandra gives best results at heart chakra on the lunar side = unconditional feeling love

  • Mangala gives best results at root chakra on the solar side = maximum action and accomplishment

  • Budha gives best results at throat chakra on the solar side = maximum outward articulation

  • Guru gives best results at 3rd eye on lunar side = peak "teachable" intuitive wisdom point

  • Shukra gives best results at sex chakra on the lunar side = maximum attraction and sensual pleasure

  • Shani gives best results at heart chakra on the solar side = active but detached pursuit of justice and order

  • Surya gives best results at navel chakra on the lunar side = fullest expression of vital Willpower


Frawley goes on to explain how uttama rashi designations reflect the function of the planets on the lower astral (vital) plane as opposed to the sign rulership which reflect how they function in the higher astral (mental) plane of thought and perception.

"The exaltation status is a center-oriented symbolism. The sign-ruling status is a top-oriented symbolism. Yet the exaltation order reflects how the plants function once their energy is integrated properly into our lower nature." --p. 232


Many thanks to Dr. Frawley for his lifetime of service to Jyotisha and traditional Vaidik arts

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