Speeds of the planets and their results

A quick and fast post today.

By now you must know that the fastest moving graha is the Moon (2.25 days in one sign), then Mercury, Venus, Mars, (these three spend variable periods from 1- 6 months in a sign), then Jupiter (1yr per sign) followed by the Nodes Rahu/Ketu (1.5yrs per sign) and the slowest being Saturn (2.5yrs per sign).

Now take a look at your chart, note where the planets are placed and do a quick analysis of their karakatva (what each one of these represents in your life and its ability to give results), you can simply write down 5-7 keywords for each.

To get a general idea of karakatva, try and mix and match the keywords of

  1. planet itself (also look if it is combustretrograde, exalted, debilitated etc which will modify the results.)
  2. the house of the chart it is placed in, does it get any special ‘powers’ because of its placement?
  3. the sign of the zodiac that it is placed in, this can modify the results.
  4. the houses of the chart which it owns (if is the ascendant or dushamsthan, or the maraksthan or which trikon?)
  5. and if you are feeling confident, try to add the keywords of the planets aspecting and conjoint it (if any) (malefic, benefic, enemies, friends etc). (There are more things which will modulate the results but this much is enough for a start.)

for e.g., if your birth Moon is placed in the 3rd house with Jupiter, in Virgo, these will be the keywords perhaps.

  1. Moon = mother, emotions, security, comforts, sub-conscious, astral, liquids, youth
  2. 3rd house = courage, boldness, style of communication, how well you defend yourself or project yourself, siblings, trades you get into
  3. Virgo = service, sufferings, karma you choose to work through, mental analysis, mental strength, intelligence, organised, methodical
  4. Moon owns Cancer, here it will be the 1st house/ascendant = the entire personality, the environment, and how these two interact with each other.
  5. Jupiter = expansion, humanitarian, philosophic, likes teaching and learning too, helpful

Getting these together will be the first basic step in analysing how this Moon will function in the chart.

Speeds of the planets and their results

Now what I was writing about, the speed with which events flow in your life. To analyse your life, try to remember the past one year and try to correlate the speed with which events happened in your life. Maybe one aspect of your life was on high speed for a few months, then the focus shifted and something else gained speed, something stopped and some other thing went in reverse? Then pull out your software and look at which planets own which aspects of your life and second what was happening on the transits front?

A few examples to get you thinking,

If your Moon (the fastest one), is either the lord of the 10th house or placed in it in your birth chart. You might find yourself getting emotional in your profession. You might be required to perform under emotional pressures and in quick-moving situations. If there are malefic energies involved here you may find yourself in complex situations, where you made commitments without being ready, or get into trouble professionally for mixing business with emotions. The rate of change associated with your profession will be high. You might shift jobs, or travel more etc.

Moon also represents your mind-set so if you observe your emotional self, you change every 2.25days as the Moon transits one sign in 2.25days. Emotional context changes very fast, so is linked to the fasted graha, Moon.

If your Mercury is placed in the 11th house or its lord, you might find that your gains in life are from fast moving things. (He shifts signs every month or so, becomes combust so very often and retrograde; changes his apparent direction of movement three times a year, quite a happening planet if you think of it!) Maybe you gain from stocks, or through trade of fast moving goods, or you are a motivational speaker/writer who talks/writes a lot. A surgeon who does emergency or difficult surgeries. You might earn from different sources which keep on changing. You will be quite systematic about your money, savings and investments. There might seem to be blockages from time to time, where your gains seem to be stuck but the block clear up surprisingly quickly too.

So you might find the aspects of your life controlled by Mercury to be quite dynamic and quick changing. And Mercury also represents your intelligence and analytical power in general. You have to be quick thinking but not so ‘quick’ that you seem fickle minded. So Mercury, a little slower than the Moon, but still comparatively fast, is linked to your mental processes.

Speeds of the planets and their results

Now the slower ones are your Jupiter, then Rahu/Ketu and the slowest is Saturn. So events linked to the karakatva of these planets will move rather slowly in your life. These planets get retrograde and combust too for months at a time, so their lessons have a lot of ‘revision’ inbuilt in them. They teach the deepest lessons linked to karma, deep wisdom and maturity thus naturally take their time over it.

The slowest Saturn takes a full 30yrs to complete one round of the zodiac. He is linked to ageing, karma, duty, responsibility, restriction, discipline etc, all of the really slow moving stuff. All these things are basically ‘maturity’, which takes time. So the slowest graha is about growing up and then growing old! So when you look into your chart you will see that Saturn’s speed is inextricably linked to the aspects of life he controls. For e.g. if he is placed in your 2nd house or is its owner, you might find events connected with your family to changing very slowly and wealth generation and accumulation to be slow and restricted.

Similarly for Rahu/Ketu and Jupiter. The houses/signs which they are linked to will be quite the slow moving aspects of your life.

Now the planets have several types of movements, written about it here. Mercury, Venus and Mars move through varying speeds and tend to get combust, retrograde etc quite frequently. So events in your life linked to these will be quite dynamic and visible. See if you can correlate what really happened to you in the past one year and these events from your chart. (This is another way of analysing transits)

Some aspects of life require to be on high speed and some aspects of life you savour better with age. Strangely this is also linked to astrology!


Speeds of the planets and their results