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Varga - Amsha - Graha


Planetary Chakra Lords

Quotations from Astrology of the Seers by David Frawley

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"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 Jyotiṣika David Frawley outlines the following table showing relation of graha-to-chakra. (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

[Mūla] dhara [Kundalini] Chakra

Shani

Kumbha-Ghata (start)

Makara-Draco (end)

2

Sva-dhi-sthāna Chakra

Guru

Meena - Antya

Dhanus-Haya

3

Mani-pura Chakra

Mangala

Mesha-Arya

Vṛścika-Thriketta

4

Anahata Chakra

Shukra

Vrishabha-Urisha

[Tula - Vanika]

5

Vishuddha Chakra

Budha

Mithuna - Dvamdva

Kanya - Parthya

6

Ajna Chakra

Chandra-Surya

Karkata-Kadaga

Simha-Leya

7

Sahashra-padma

Sahasra-nama Chakra

Outside planetary system

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

  • Shani does 1st-chakra grounding/anchoring/regulating

  • Guru does 2nd-chakra procreating/creating/expansion

  • Mangala does 3rd-chakra competition/action/movement

  • Shukra does 4th-chakra relating/equalizing

  • Budha does 5th-chakra speaking/articulating electro-magnetic initiating thoughts

  • Chandra-Surya do 6th-chakra perceiving/intuiting

BPL comment: 7th chakra might be speculatively said to be ruled by Rahu-Ketu.

Chakra ++ 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 - Antya

Shukra

Dhanus

3

Navel

Mangala

Mesha

Surya

Vṛścika

4

Heart

Shukra

Urisha

Chandra

Shani

5

Budha

Mithuna

Kanya

Budha

6

Chandra - Surya

Karkata

Guru

Simha

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Chakra depiction painted by Harish Johari

Pandit 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


Pdt. 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 Jyotishavidya and traditional Vaidik arts

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