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Role of the Moon in Eduction

Dr. Shanker Adawal (Jyotishaacharya, PHD, MBA)

All astrological texts and astrologers accept that the Moon, inter-alia, is Mind and the question for consideration in this small write-up is whether and to what extent education can be acquired by benefic or malefic Moon. At the same time, the involvement of major significators for education namely Jupiter and Mercury cannot be ruled out. Similarly certain signs and their lords play their parts. However, though total consideration of the horoscope may be needed but the discussion shall be confined to the specific question of the role played NATAL MOON in acquiring 'Education'.

What constitutes 'education' for purposes of astrology would differ from native to native and in view of the modern times, astrology would cover education from primary to secondary, secondary to graduation and therefore graduation to post-graduation augmented by higher studies. At the same time it becomes inevitable to mention that' education' is a word of wide importance and taking the dictionary meaning into consideration, education stands for bringing up or training as of child, instruction, strengthening the powers of the body or mind. Further analysis would say that education includes 'culture', technical education, and cover various fields of Art, Music, Drama, Archaeology, Economic and Sanitary Science and Psychological healing. This apart, the word 'education' has come to stay for the process of training and developing the knowledge, skill mind and covers normal schooling. However, education cannot be restricted to scholastic education only. It would cover all steps of learning apart from education through schools/colleagues and universities. Hence the need for mind (Moon) for any type of 'learning education' would differ from native depending on the personal horoscope.

The Moon in mind. The Moon represents 'Chitta' or emotions of all sorts. The Moon represents the highest state of mind and learning in all kinds of liquids, including water and milk, is inter-alia, provided by the Moon (a watery planet). The requisite skill (education) to rule general public is governed by the Moon. In astrology, the Moon has also been treated as an eye, specially left eye and no education would be possible without proper eyesight, thus the Moon plays its role though in Modern times, even a blind-man can learn to read and write.

 The Moon in various signs and houses also influence the scope of education to be acquired by the native. Briefly, the Moon in Taurus makes the native intelligent (with or without proper schooling), the Moon in Gemini makes the native scholarly and learned, and intelligence is also conferred by the Moon in Virgo and Libra, though in Libra, the native would be of balanced mind, the moon in Sagittarius make the native well versed in literature and some natives may become authors and the Moon in Aquarius makes the native learned with power of institution.

The internal darkness of the native dispelled by the rays of the Moon and is said to rule over the lives of the beings on the earth. All this amounts to self-realization and learning from within. Introspection is provided by the Moon.

The Moon in the 1st house (Lagna) makes the native normally educated, the Moon in the second house though makes the natives intelligent but also stands fro 'break in education',3rd house Moon make the native to possess good knowledge and thus become intelligent, the Moon in the 4th house enable the native to acquire high education, the Moon in the 4th house enables the native to acquire high education, the moon in the 5th house gives clarity to mind but also give interrupted education, some of the learned authors are of the view that even Moon in the 6th house makes the native intelligent, apart from giving success in all undertakings, the 10th house Moon makes the native intelligent and the Jupiter and Moon together makes the nature learned in ancient subjects and skilled in astrology. And finally, it has been seen that 12th house Moon would given eye-trouble, mental troubles thus compelling the native to have no education or less education.

Now, about the main significators of Education. The known and accepted significators are Jupiter and Mercurry. For all education purposes, one looks for the placement of Jupiter and Mercurry. For all educational purposes, one look for the placement of Jupiter and Mercury. Apart from these significators, the houses to be considered for education are 4th, 2nd, 5th and 9th. For higher and higher education and Government awards, we look into the 11th house. However some of the writers have taken 10th house also as house of education. (10th house is one of the houses of educations). Without dwelling into controversy as to what extent 10th house is to be taken into account fro educational purposes, it would suffice to say that the main houses for education art 2, 4, 5 and 9.

It would be relevant to day that apart from the consideration of 'Lagna' and lagna lord' for basic characteristics (main is known by the company he keeps i.e. planets in lagna), a reference to the following houses for 'education' of the native is inevitable though these houses tell about so many other things:

2nd house                                  -                       basic and primary education.
4th house                                  -                       main academic education specially upto Ten plus two or near about graduation if the field of education is diversified i.e. some diplomas etc.
4th house                                  -                       Graduation or near thereto.
9th house                                  -                       Post Graduation, and
11th house                                -                       Higher education.

The main point for consideration in the write-up is whether and to what extent the Moon plays its part in giving education in full, break in education, education by stages and slows, education while doing work (service or profession). Few aspects can be explained by the individual horoscopes to shoe that the Moon has definite role to play in the education of the native. In this horoscope (Chart No.1) the native played truant while in school, failed in matric during Rahu dasa but came up later with higher educational qualifications apparently with Moon in the 5th house though Jupiter is giving its 5th aspect on the 5th house with Saturn therein. Therefore, the Moon has its part to play.

Mar, Ketu


Chart No. 1





Lag Jup., Mar


Sun, Mer

Ven, Mars, Ketu


Chart No. 2




In this case (Chart No.2) the native, a female teacher, had to work hard to acquire the education qualifications (M.Sc., B.Ed) though the 4this inter-alia, hemmed by malefics and the saver is Moon's aspect and the lord of 4th house goes to the 5th house. Saturn in the 3rd mad the native to learn while earning (service after Matric).

This horoscope belongs to late Shri Ram Krishan Dalmia (Chart No. 3) noted industrialist

Sun, Mer, Ven

Jup, Rahu



Chart No. 3



and from an earlier news-item (Hindustan times dated 10th March, 1993). It was known that he studied upto matriculation only though he came out to be an excellent speaker and writer of English, Hindi, and Bengali. Saturn in the 4th did its part but Moon's aspect on lagna apart from contributions made by 10th house. Jupiter and Sun-Mercurry-Venus combination in 9th house. Role of Moon in education is well depicted.

In this horoscope (Chart No. 4) the Moon is in the sixth house, thought he Moon is debilitated and is in inauspicious house, the native held the highest post, after having acquired high education, remained for a long time as Judge of the International court of

Sun, Mar, Ven


Lag, Mars


Chart No-4




Justice (the horoscope is of late Dr. Nagendta Singh). It would be seen that houses governing education don't speak much, on the face of them, but applying the astrological dicta (as planet debilitated or lord of these houses – 3, 6, 8 and 12 give greater results). The only point to be stressed was to say that even the debilitated Moon had its role in education of the native though the 10th house became very strong helping the native to acquire the highest education.

Without multiplying the example, it would suffice to say that the MOON has definite role to play in Education as the Moon has to be taken into account while considering the houses governing education as well as the significators for education i.e. Jupiter and Mercury. It can be said that MOONS status is next to that of SUN. The factors influenced by the Moon enable the native to acquired high (higher) education followed by a high status. Taking the broad view of the term 'education', the Moon stand for development of good behavior and ideas, pursuits for acquisition of money (education and intelligence), mental satisfaction, intuition and psychic perception, as a result of higher education to get personal recognition and achievements.

Finally, a word about the horoscope of the learned astrologer Shri M.S. Sitharamiah (born in balance of Mars and died in Mahadasha of Venus, antra of Venus- Libra Lagna). This apart, the point for consideration is whether and to what extent the MOON contributed to his educational qualifications. On analysis, Lagna lord Venus is in 7th with Saturn and Rahu having aspect of Ketu with Jupiter (R) and at the same time Venus is aspecting its own house. 2nd lord Mars is in 4th and 6th lord Saturn in 8th as indicated above. The MOON is in the 5th house having aspect of Jupiter and thus contributing to the acquired education of the native. Further, the 10th lord Moon placed in 5th house having aspect of Jupiter indicated the known profession of journalist and astrologer. In Navamsha, the 11th house becomes strong; further, the Moon becomes the major contribution for education in Navamsha being in lagna through in the house of Mars aspecting the 11th house along with Saturn. To sum up, Mercurry of the native did not contribute much for education being in the 6th house along with Sun which leads to all afflictions and the native becomes prone to certain evils which do not appear to be the case with the native. However Saturn-Venus combination in the 11th house in the Navamsha with unaffiliated Moon made the native highly meritorious, highly learned, and famous skilful in speech and dear to the people. However, Balbhadra has stated for combination of Venus-Saturn in the 9th house that the native may be serene in disposition and be resolute.

In view of the above, it cab summed up that the MOON has definite role to play in the education of any native and the principles enunciated above duly and sully apply to the horoscope of Late Shri M.S. Sitharamiah. It may be stated that the other factor are also to be considered before we arrive at some conclusion. Here I have tried to give my observation that the MOON also plays vital role for education achievements.

Shanker Adawal

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