Experience an Astrology Mantra in the Vedic Tradition
The use of an astrology mantra is a significant part of this branch of Vedic sciences. Each mantra is said to work in the subtle or unseen realms that influence our lives in every area. An astrology mantra mitigates challenging aspects and amplifies positive astrological configurations.
There are specific times when the astrology mantras below are purported to be the most effective: solstices, equinoxes, eclipses, new and full moons and sunrise, noon and sunset. However, astrology mantras can be used at any time.
Astrology mantras improve karmic outcomes at all levels to heal the body and mind. They can also help to improve situations in a larger sense such as the fate of nations or of Earth itself.
Personal Perspective on Astrology
Although I am not an expert in astrology, I find the idea that life occurs in cycles to be reasonable and plausible. My personal connection to the stars in the heavens stems from my childhood. My father flew planes in the final years before computerized flight navigation systems. He literally studied star maps and would determine his course by viewing or “shooting the stars” with handheld instruments.
As the seasons and constellations changed, he had new maps of the stars to study. He brought home the outdated star maps from work. Those were my first coloring books. As I traced the lines and constellations, I felt that I had come from somewhere out there. My home was among the stars! I learned the names of the stars and could point them out in the night sky as a small child.
The Sacred Nature of the Heavens
The sense of awe inspired by the heavens is a universal phenomenon. People in nearly every culture have found great joy in studying the skies. Many cultures have myths and stories based on star configurations.
For me, the universe, stars and heavenly bodies have always been sacred. When I was five or six, my grandfather was building a house on a piece of land on a mesa in New Mexico. Someone had practiced target shooting on the property with an old science textbook, which he brought home to me.
There was a bullet hole right through the middle of the book. I flipped through the book and found pictures of the solar system. I could not understand how anyone could damage a book that contained a picture of the solar system! That seemed to me to be a desecration of something very holy.
Various deities have been associated with planets and constellations for thousands of years. In the Vedic system, these mantra examples show how each heavenly body has been personified. An example is Surya, the Hindu god of the sun.
Surya is often depicted surrounded by the physical sun, riding in a chariot pulled by seven horses representing the seven chakras. His charioteer is Aruna. Mantras to the sun are the vocal equivalent of the Sun Salutation sequence often done in yoga classes.
How an Astrology Mantra Works
What I love the most about using mantras in association with astrology is that they are purported to function like adaptogens. Adaptogens are herbs and plants that bring bodily functions into the normal range in either direction.
If a system is overactive, they calm the system down. If a system or organ is underactive, they act as a stimulant. The idea that chants act like adaptogens means that you don’t have to know whether a particular planet is placed well in your chart to use astrological mantras.
If the placement is good, the mantra will make things even better. If the placement is challenging, then the mantra will soothe and restore balance. There are numerous mantra examples related to astrology. My favorites are included below.
Surya, Hindu God of the Sun
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Chandra, Hindu God of the Moon
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This astrology mantra to the sun (Surya) includes the seed syllable “sam” (suum) which connects to the fundamental vibration of the sun, giver of life and energy in this physical dimension. Surya is often depicted surrounded by the physical sun, riding in a chariot pulled by seven horses representing the seven chakras. His charioteer is named Aruna. The energy of the sun heals all types of conditions and is particularly advantageous for healing the eyes and vision. This chant is the vocal equivalent of the Sun Salutation poses in hatha yoga.
Lyrics: Om Sam Suryaya Namaha
Meaning: I offer salutations to the sun.
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The astrology mantra to the moon includes the seed syllable “cam” which connects to the fundamental vibration of the moon. In the Hindu tradition, the deity ruling over the moon is called Chandra. The name Chandra means “bright and shining” in Sanskrit. The moon in Vedic astrology represents the mind, including thoughts, feelings, and psychology.
Lyrics: Om Cam Chandryya Namaha
Meaning: I offer salutations for transformation of the energy of the moon.
The astrology mantra for Mars (Kujaya) includes the seed syllable “kum” which connects to the fundamental vibration of the planet Mars.
Lyrics: Om Kum Kujaya Namaha
Meaning: I offer salutations for transformation of the energy of Mars.
In Vedic astrology, Mars signifies younger siblings, especially a younger brother. Mars is associated with conflict and war on the one hand and valor and defense on the other. On the physical level, Mars is related to the muscular system.
The astrology mantra for Mercury (Bhudhaya) includes the seed syllable “bum” which connects to the fundamental vibration of the planet Mars.
Lyrics: Om Bum Bhudhaya Namaha
Meaning: I offer salutations for transformation of the energy of Mercury.
In Vedic astrology, the planet Mercury is associated with intelligence, logic, speech and friendship. Mercury also governs memory and transportation. Mercury is a messenger, delivering thoughts from one person to another or back and forth between celestial beings.
The astrology mantra for Venus (Sukraya) includes the seed syllable “sum” which connects to the fundamental vibration of the planet Mars.
Lyrics: Om Sum Sukraya Namaha
Meaning: I offer salutations for transformation of the energy of Venus.
Venus represents marriage as well as other partnerships. Venus also represents the relationship between the individual and finances or material possessions. Venus is considered to be a refined planet. In order to attain happiness, the individual must change their perceptions in life and balance their karma. Material possessions and partnerships alone will not yield ongoing happiness.
The astrology mantra for Saturn (Sanaya) includes the seed syllable “sam” which connects to the fundamental vibration of the planet Mars.
Lyrics: Om Sam Sanaya Namaha
Meaning: I offer salutations for transformation of the energy of Saturn.
In Vedic astrology, Saturn is the bearer of karma. Saturn is slow-moving, taking two and a half years to move from one zodiac constellation to another. Saturn brings responsibility and discipline. Saturn is personified in Hinduism as Shani, an incarnation of Krishna. Approximately every thirty years, Saturn returns to the original place in the natal chart, bringing good or challenging experiences based on the individual’s actions during that period.
The astrology mantra for Jupiter (Brihaspataye) includes the seed syllable “brim” which connects to the fundamental vibration of the planet Mars.
Lyrics: Om Brim Brihaspataye Namaha
Meaning: I offer salutations for transformation of the energy of Jupiter.
In Vedic astrology, Jupiter is known as Guru (spiritual teacher), Devaguru (teacher of the gods) and Brihaspati (Lord of Light). Jupiter is a planet of work, development, education and higher spiritual insight. Some astrologists view Jupiter as the planet of optimism, success and generosity. Jupiter is immense, mature and benevolent.
Further Exploration of Astrological Mantra Examples
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