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Properties and Qualities of Planets in Astrology

By Kshitij Sharma
Published: January 14, 2014, Last Updated: February 8, 2015

This is the parent page for defining the properties of planets in Indian astrology. Planets are the main actors in this arena of human life. While the houses are the domains of activity, no activity would be possible without the planets. As I have explained in another of my post “The story of your life”, the entire trick in astrology is:

  1. Understanding the plot well,
  2. Finding out which planets play a part in this plot,
  3. Deciding who is a good guy and who is a bad guy,
  4. Finding out how strongly these planets influence the plot and
  5. Most importantly, when each of the characters would come into play – i.e. exert their influence. This is nothing but predicting the future.

The rest of the pages in this section of astrology are not meant to be blog posts. These pages will be live and I will keep editing them. Each of the pages will be updated regularly. This particular post talks about the basic nature of the planets, their properties and qualities. This information is basically from BPHS and further modified with learning from Dr. Raman’s books, Phala Deepika and other books.

Each of the planets has its own type, which is malefic or benefic. Waxing moon is benefic and Mercury is mutable. The elements are Fiery, Earthy and Airy. They have specific colours and are associated with a gem – as explained in the posts within Gemstones category. They rule over specific directions. I have also added basic factors represented by these planets. This is by no way meant to be an exhaustive list, but is very high level list.

As of Makar Sankranti day Jan 14th, 2014, I have added pages for Sun, Moon, Mars & Mercury. Jupiter is also added. Please check the hyperlinks for the details.

Planet Sign Basic Type Nature Element
तत्व
Colour Gem Direction Sex Aspect
दृष्टि
Planetary Significations Friend Neutral Enemy
Sun
सूर्य
Leo Malefic Satvik
सात्विक
Fiery
अग्नितत्व
Ruby Red, Copper Ruby
माणिक
East
पूर्व
Male 7

Ego, Soul/Atma, Self, Higher Esteem, enlightenment

Moon, Mars, Jupiter Mercury Saturn, Venus
Moon
चन्द्रमा
Cancer Benefic if waxing Satvik
सात्विक
Watery
जलतत्व
White Pearl
मोती
North West
वायव्य
Female 7

Emotions, Manas/Mind, Mother, sensitivity

Sun, Mercury Mars, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn none
Mars
मंगल
Aries,
Scorpio
Malefic Tamasik
तामसिक
Fiery
अग्नितत्व
Blood Red Red Coral
मूंगा
South
दक्षिण
Male 4, 7, 8

Martial Strength, courage, aggression

Sun, Moon, Jupiter Venus, Saturn Mercury
Mercury
बुध
Gemini,
Virgo
Mutable Rajasik Earthy
भूतत्व
Green Emerald
पन्ना
North
उत्तर
Eunuch 7

Eloquent Speech, Communications, commerce, trade

Sun, Venus Mars, Jupiter, Saturn Moon
Jupiter
बृहस्पति
Sagittarius,
Pisces
Benefic Satvik
सात्विक
Ethereal
आकाश
Bright Yellow Yellow Saphire
पुखराज
North East
ईशान
Male 5, 7, 9

Higher Wisdom, Intelligence, Law, Material Wealth, State of Expansiveness

Moon, Mars, Sun Saturn Mercury
Venus
शुक्र
Taurus,
Libra
Benefic Rajasik Watery
जलतत्व
Mixture of colours Diamond
हीरा
South East
आग्नेय
Female 7

Desires and sensual pleasure, luxury, beauty, comfort

Mercury, Saturn Mars, Jupiter Sun, Moon
Saturn
शनि
Capricorn,
Aquarius
Malefic Tamasik
तामसिक
Airy
वायुतत्व
Black Blue Saphire
नीलम
West
पश्चिम
Eunuch 3, 7, 10

Obstacles, Sorrows, Hard Work, bad luck, misfortune

Mercury, Venus Jupiter Sun, Moon, Mars
Rahu
राहू
None Malefic Tamasik
तामसिक
Airy
वायुतत्व
None Gomed
गोमेद
South West
नैऋत्य
Female 5, 7, 9

Karma, eccentricities, disturbances, foreign things

N/A N/A N/A
Ketu
केतु
None Malefic Tamasik
तामसिक
Fiery
अग्नितत्व
None Cat’s eye
वैदूर्य
None Eunuch 5, 7, 9

Death, spirituality, detachments, outcastes

N/A N/A N/A

 
 

Planet Exaltation Debilitation Moola-trikona Highest Exaltation
Sun Aries Libra 1°-10° Leo 10° Aries
Moon Taurus Scorpio 4°-20° Taurus 3° Taurus
Mars Capricorn Cancer 0°-12° Aries 28° Capricorn
Mercury Virgo Pisces 16°-20° Virgo 15° Virgo
Jupiter Cancer Aquarius 0°-10° Sagittarius 5° Cancer
Venus Pisces Virgo 0°-15° Libra 27° Pisces
Saturn Libra Aries 0°-20° Aquarius 20° Libra
Rahu Taurus Scorpio Cancer? 20° Taurus
Ketu Scorpio Taurus Capricorn? 20° Scorpio

Sign of debilitation is 180°opposite to the exaltation sign.



27 comments

  • Comment by Rudranath Maharaj on May 21, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Jai SHree Raam,
    I have been married almost six years now and my wife and I have no children.
    Can you check for us what the problem may be and what remedy can be applied.
    My info – DOB 28th November 1978 @ 6:10am
    My Wife info – DOS 1st July 1975 @ 8:45am
    My wife is elder than me.
    Location: Trinidad, West Indies (61d 19′ W, 10d 18′ N)
    GMT: -4.30
    Appreciate your assistance.
    Best regards

  • Comment by Davinder singh brar on June 10, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    MY dob is 12 july 1983 -9 PM
    MY wife DOB is 21 jan 1983 – 4.25 AM
    I got married in 4 nov 2012 and my wife sponsored me in july 2013 .
    embassy refused my case on 20 may 2014 . MY wife now filed appeal .
    I want know how long it take got get success.

  • Comment by RAMANDEEP on September 8, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    jai shree krishna
    myself Ramandeep kaur D.O.B MAY30,1986 T.O.B 9.30P.M Place of birth MOGA PUNJAB INDIA
    I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT MARRIED LIFE BCOZ NOTHING IS GOING WELL .THERE ARE LOT OF PROBLEMS IN MY MARRIED LIFE .MY HUSBAND IS TOTALLY DIFFERENT FROM ME .HE CANT DRIVE ANY CAR ,BIKE .THERE IS NO IDEA OF MY HUSBAND ‘S EXACT D.O.B. IS THERE ANY CHANCE OF DIVORCE OR SECOND MARRIAGE

  • Comment by Taufique on October 30, 2014 at 12:47 am

    MY dob is 21 April 1985 -7:34 PM
    i wore a Blue-sapphire from 2 yrs
    no benefit neither any side effect ….
    should i continue wear it

  • Comment by Rajasekar on February 1, 2015 at 12:43 am

    my DOB is 9/11/1978. time 9 AM. place Rameshwaram. at present No Job, No Children. what to do?

  • Comment by praneetha on February 4, 2015 at 2:17 am

    my dob is 28 apr 1987 8:10PM.my husband dob:24 feb 1983 -8:15PM.when will iget child this year?

  • Comment by murralitharan on March 25, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    my dob is 16/08/1977 14.36 p.m Turaiyur. please send my marriage.
    Thanking you,
    Murralitharan. M.A

  • Comment by amit on March 27, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    amit dob 2/8/1972,04;40am,gwalior…wanna know about ghar…business..life…politics…car
    kalpana dob 1/5/1987,12:10am delhi…or 5/5/198712:10am,delhi govt job ….shadi……life kaise rahegi

    regards
    amit

  • Comment by Ajanta Das on May 2, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Can i have a second child ? Will it be good for us as per astrology?
    my dob 16-july-1977, kol
    my hub dob 4-10-1973 kol

    pls advise

    Rgds

  • Comment by arunkrishna kannambadi varadachari on May 15, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Dear sir
    I am suffering from following problems –rahu in 5th house kethu in 11 house
    1-my job was sacked for no valid reason –was working at Bahrain now jobless.
    2-married for 10 years no child

    Please advice me sir with remedies –also suitable yantra/kavuchu
    Name Arunkrishna k v ,DOB=13-9-1966,time =1.25pm
    Latitude 13.12.N
    Longitude 79.35.E
    Place Tiruttani,tamil Nadu India
    Rasi Leo
    Star – Pada Magha-2
    Bal. Dasa Ket 4 Y 0 M 11 D
    arunkrishna

  • Comment by abhisek karmakar on June 2, 2015 at 8:49 am

    my dob-06/01/1993 at 21.17 o’ clock in jangipara west bengal……
    when i take a job???? & when i earn money???

  • Comment by Mohanraam A.K on June 8, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    My DOB is : 27/03/1983, Time : 12.55 PM, Place : Chennai.
    Zodiac Sign : Leo, Star : Poorva Pulghuni, Lagna : Gemini, Padam : Pooram – 3rd Padam.
    Please Guide me towards my Life & Business. I am not yet married. also i am facing some problems in my Love Life. My Business also doesn’t giving a clarity past 4 years. Kindly do the favour for me.

  • Comment by Naveen on June 14, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    my DOB is 03.12.1982, Time 18:07, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
    my wife 23.04.1984, 08:30 A.M, Mettupalayam, Tamil Nadu

    how many kids will i have and what are they? and which business should i do?

    Thanks

  • Comment by Rachna Chopra on June 16, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Sir,

    My date of birth is 26.9.80, 2.00 am, Delhi and my husband date of birth is 27.7.79, 3.15 am, Delhi. please tell me is there is any yoga of divorce or seperation in both of our kundli as we are living seperately or there is chances of re-union

  • Comment by praveen on July 10, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Beloved sir,
    my dob march 9th 1984, i want to know in which house my rahu is now?

  • Comment by ramesh on July 13, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    my daughter’s DOB is 05/07/1985 Birth Place Jodhpur(RAJ) time 23.30 HRs she is facing problem in her marrige and wants divorce whether she will get and when also is there any chance of her re marrige after divorce pls advise me

  • Comment by sagar hajare on August 10, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    dob-26/08/1991
    dot-3:55 am
    dop-bhandara,maharashtra
    i am facng lots of problems in my carrer and life.please tell me what to do?

  • Comment by ashish on October 26, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Respected sir
    DOB 28-10-1987.
    POB sholapur MH.
    TOB 07:00 am.

    I’m facing lot of problems in my career & in life. Please guide me.

  • Comment by Satya on February 10, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Dear Sir,
    My DOB 29 march 1967 time 5:45
    Place of birth: Baliguda (Odisha, India) Coordinates – 83E55, 20N11
    Presently under Ketu Mahadasha (Ketu in 8th Bhava in lagna chart; with mangal and chandra)
    I have been relieved from my previous job without any reason, now have no work.
    Please advise- should I try for a job or should I try to start a business?
    By when I shall have a steady source of income?
    Thank you for your attention- I look forward to your response.
    Regards,
    Satya

  • Comment by ranjitha on February 25, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Hi,
    I am 25 yrs old girl, planning to get married now.
    My DOB is 2-07-1990 at 5.05 PM.
    Please do let me know at my married life.

    Regards,
    Ranju

  • Comment by ANIL on March 23, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Hi,

    Can you guide me on current situation… going through very very rough patch in life…
    My birth data as;

    DOB: 19.11.1970
    TOB: 09.12 AM
    POB: GUNTUR – INDIA

    Anxious to hear from u

    Thanks for your time.
    anil

  • Comment by shivali on June 2, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    hi,

    My DOB-9th July 1982
    TOB-22:42
    POb is Moradabad

    Please let me know about my career, my relationship with husband and when will i have kids .

  • Comment by Rajsekhar on June 5, 2016 at 11:12 am

    My son’s date of birth is 13 Dec 1994, Time of birth is 09:36, place of birth is Delhi.

    What will be his future over the next three years. Will he go abroad. What line of activity is suitable for him to pursue.

  • Comment by RAJESH MORE on August 16, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    DEAR SIR
    MY D.O.B IS 30/03/1974
    TIME:11.56 PM
    PLACE PATAHNKOT PUNJAB
    I MA HAVING DEBTS PLEASE GUIDE ME WHEN IT WILL BE CLEARED

  • Comment by K. ZM Devaraju on September 11, 2016 at 12:22 am

    Sir im born in 9th day September 1966 .. In Karnataka state Bangalore rural district Hoskote taulakukunte agrahara village time Morning 12. 55pm. Please tell me our future

  • Comment by krishna kumari on September 28, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Sir,

    My name Krishna kumari
    Date of Birth : 29/05/1987
    Time of Birth : Morning 3AM
    Place of Birth : Markapuram

    Husband Details
    Name : Veeranjaneyulu
    Data and Time of Birth : 07/10/1988 Morning 7: 26AM
    Place of Birth : Tenali

    Marriage Date 24/4/2014
    when will i get child this year?

    Please tell me about pregancy details

    Thanks,
    Krishna Kumari
    Vijayawada

  • Comment by sharmesh patel on October 12, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    my date of birth is 1st august birth time morning 5-35 and birth place a
    Ahmedabad how is my marrige life my life groth and achivament

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