In this column we bring you the astrological insights and its influence on food. This is a science which is prevalent in India since the ancient ages and has a substantial impact on health and wellness of an individual. Here we would give you a brief introduction of astrology, its classification into zodiac sign, suns signs, moon signs, lagna, rashi, nakshatra’s and panch tatva. Also we would be focusing on how this astrology has an impact on food, health and wellness of an individual based on these classifications.
Basics about Astrology in Indian Culture:
astrology: refers to a study of movements and positions of celestial bodies (planets) in the solar system. This study is meant to derive a calculation of events or incidents in world and in particular to a human life. This is mainly based upon a pre-developed calculation and a method of evaluation. It is considered as one of the most interesting and complex science in India with many forms and verses. However each form as its own identity regionally and offers a solution to connect to regular practices with corrections and adjustments.
zodiac sign: refers to the classification of the zodiac into 12 different folds, time parts or signs. The zodiac is an area of the sky that extends approximately 8° north or south (as measured in celestial latitude) of the ecliptic, the apparent path of the Sun, Moon, visible planets across the celestial sphere over the course of the year. The zodiac is divided into twelve signs, each occupying 30° of celestial longitude and roughly corresponding to the constellations. The order of these zodiac signs is Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.
|Date Range||Western Name||Indian Name|
|March 21 to April 19||Aries||Mesh|
|April 20 to May 20||Taurus||Vrishabh|
|May 21 to June 20||Gemini||Mithun|
|June 21 to July 22||Cancer||Karka|
|July 23 to August 22||Leo||Simha|
|August 23 to September 22||Virgo||Kanya|
|September 23 to October 22||Libra||Tula|
|October 23 to November 21||Scorpio||Vrishik|
|November 22 to December 21||Sagittarius||Dhanur|
|December 22 to January 19||Capricorn||Makar|
|January 20 to February 18||Aquarius||Kumbh|
|February 19 to March 20||Pisces||Meen / Mina|
sun sign / star sign: refers to a system of astrology which considers the position of the Sun at birth, which is said to be placed within one of the twelve zodiac signs. This zodiac sign is then called the sun sign or star sign of the person born in that twelfth part of the year. This sun sign forms the primary and major base for predictions and astrological calculations in a horoscope. Sun sign speaks about the personality traits and the attitude of an individual.
moon sign: refers to a system of astrology which considers the position of Moon in a zodiac sign at birth. The Moon circles the zodiac in a month and only stays in each zodiac sign for a little more than two days. The zodiac sign in which the moon is placed, on the time of your birth is known as your moon sign. The moon sign is considered the second most important aspect in astrological calculations and predictions. Moon sign reveals about the emotions and feelings of an individual.
lagna / ascendant : refers to the first moment of contact between the soul and its new life on earth as per astrology. Lagna is the degree of the sign which is rising high on the eastern horizon at the time of one’s birth. The Most Effective Point (MEP) of the lagna, is that point of the zodiacal belt that coincides with the position of the horizon at the time of birth, for a given place of birth.
rashi: refers to a degree in which the moon is situated in the constellation of zodiac signs. This constellation is the Rashi of a person. This rashi is also called as the moon sign since it refers to the position of the moon in the horoscope, at the time of birth of an individual.
nakshatra: refers to the lunar mansion, one of the 27 (sometimes 28) sectors along the ecliptic. Their names are related to the most prominent asterisms in the respective sectors. Each nakshatra is further subdivided into four pada’s (quarters). These play a vital role in Hindu astrology, where each pada is associated with a syllable, conventionally chosen as the first syllable of the given name of a child born when the Moon was in the corresponding pada. The names of these nakshatra’s are ashwini, bharani, kritika, rohini, mrigashirsha, ardra, punarvasu, pushya, ashlesha, magha, purva phalguna, uttara phalguna, hasta, chitra, swati, visakha, anuradha, jyeshtha, moola (mula), purva ashada, uttara ashada, sravana, sravistha / dhanishta, satabisha / satataraka, purva bhadrapada, uttara bhadrapada and revati.
panch tatva: refers to the origins fom Sanskrit, where “panch” stands for five and “tatva” indicates elements. Following the universal law of life, every thing on this planet is composed of five basic elements or the “panchamahabhutas”. These elements are agni (fire), vayu (air), jal (water), prithvi (earth), akash (sky / space). Each of these elements represent a particular aspect of an individual. This classification of individual aspect is prithvi – body, jal – mind, agni – intelligence, vayu – awareness, akash – consciousness. These elements are further classified into four signs with associated zodiac signs.
|Tatva Classification||Zodiac Signs Associated|
|Water Sign||Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces|
|Fire Sign||Aries, Leo, Sagittarius|
|Earth Sign||Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn|
|Air Sign||Gemini, Libra, Aquarius|
Astrology & Food – A strong bond to be explored:
Food is associated with every aspect of a human life in India. Health, wellness, longevity, success, name and fame are all predicted with astrology. This science of astrology has a very strong connection with our food and kitchen. Most of the astrological remedies and rituals are associated with food items in India. Astrology has a guided process for usage of a particular food item for enhancing the qualities of a planet, to please a planet, or to strengthen a plant to extract desired results. Similarly this science also offers a guided process for usage of particular food items to nullify, subdue the weakness or anger of a particular planet resulting in relief from its ill effects. Here the concept of colors is also associated for a food item with a particular planet.
Sunday is for Sun – Color is Yellow, Monday is for Moon – Color is White, Tuesday is for Mars – Color is Red, Wednesday is for Mercury – Color is Green, Thursday is for Jupiter – Color is Yellow, Friday is for Venus – Color is White, Saturday is for Saturn – Color is Black.
Each Day has a specific cosmic energy and health parameter associated with human life. A guided food choice as per the day of week is as follows:
|Day of the week||Ideal food to eat on this day of the week|
|Sunday||Sunday is ideal for consuming all sorts of food. Any sort of fruits, plants, wheat, meat can be consumed on a Sunday as they all are generally full of vibrations like Sun|
|Monday||Moon’s vibration is what made up of Monday. Moon is a watery planet which signifies element water. Hence water rich fruits like watermelon, pumpkin, cucumber and rice are ideal to eat on Monday|
|Tuesday||Mars is the day lord of Tuesday. Mars is noted for its hotness and dark color. Fruits which creates heat like mango, dates, pineapple, red lentils should be consumed on Tuesday|
|Wednesday||Mercury is the ruler of Wednesday. Mercury is a dual planet and a common one to all. Hence all sort of foods are welcomed on a Wednesday. Moong dal is very auspicious for consumption on a Wednesday|
|Thursday||Jupiter is the day lord of Thursday. Yellow / Orange color foods are apt for Thursday. Fruits like lemon, orange, banana, chickpeas should be consumed on a Thursday|
|Friday||Venus -The Lover, rules Friday affairs. Foods like pasta, almond, nuts, foods that improve sexual potency are ideal to consume on Friday|
|Saturday||The dark lord Saturn rules Saturday. This is the ideal day to eat all sorts of junk foods, oily food, sesame seeds, black gram. Saturn rules oil, hence oily foods can be consumed safely on a Saturday. Hence it’s called a weekend for food affairs on a Saturday|
To some extent, the concept of this astrological connection of food also has a strong influence on Ayurvedic practices. The lifestyle changes suggested in Ayurvedic scripts also have a reference to these cosmic calculations and guidelines for usage of food items.