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Planets, Signs and Houses: Vedic Astrology Myths and Facts, Chapter I, Part - 11


Dr. Shanker Adawal

The Shiva Purana mentions that Shukra was born from the vital fluid of Lord Shiva when his passion was aroused b the captivating form of Vishnu which had once subdued and destroyed a powerful demon. The form was so seductive that having seen it Shiva could not contain himself; his creative-fluid came out and Shukra arose from it. The word Shukra in Sanskrit means semen as well as Agni or fire. Shiva himself christened this personification of energy as Shukra and assigned it sway over the Asuras or the multitude to carry out the task of reproduction.

This legend highlights the function of Venus in relation to procreation.

Lord Shiva is the supreme creative force and Venus is the personification of his creative fluid. This fluid is ejaculated as a result of its downward movement as opposed to its upward movement, which takes place when the Kundalini is aroused under spiritual discipline. Its downward movement manifests through-the sexual urge. It is expressed as an emotional impulse for physical union, while the upward movement leads to the integration of the various principles of the soul. As this movement occurred due to Shiva’s witnessing an illusive form of the preservation principle represented by Vishnu, the resulting planetary deity is also credited to produce attraction to the world of illusion or the material world and the urge to get involved in it which is expressed as sex.

Mars or Mangala

The role of Mars is always concerned with making the world better, guiding it toward a more harmonious existence though the existence though the efforts involved require enormous sacrifice and courage.

The planet Mars symbolizes arrogance. This impulse is found at the very origin of the planetary deity. In Hindu mythology, Mars is identified with Kartikkeya, the god of war. He is the son of the Supreme Lord Shiva without the intervention of any woman. He is born of Shiva and the Earth. As a son of the Earth, he is called Bhauma, Bhumiputra, and Mahisuta.

Kartikeya, the presiding deity for Mars, is called Lohita, the red, which also means blood. Blood is the very essence of physical life on earth. The similarity between kartikeya and Mars points out the essential feature of the planet represented by its geometrical figure: it indicates the urge to penetrate to and unite with the invisible universal existence though its starting point is gross physical earth. Being self-confident of his inner potential Kartikeya abandons even his parents, Shiva and Parvati, and reveals thereby the characteristic arrogance of Mars on the lower planes and imperious will on the higher.

Kartikeya, the son of Lord Shiva, is linked with Krittika, from which his name derives. Shiva is the most powerful of the Hindu gods. His power is rarely used for cosmic creation. His procreative seed is employed only when the other gods prove ineffective.

In Hindu mythology, it is said that there was a time when the demons were destroying the world and creating tremendous problems for all creatures, even the gods. To defeat them, the gods obtained the seed of the Lord Shiva, which refers to his virility, energy or power. When the gods got Shiva’s seed, it required special arrangements to preserve it. It had such a fiery quality that an ordinary receptabe or womb could not hold it. The seed was thus cast in fire and protected by water. The Krittikas were requested to nourish it in their womb. Karttikeya was thereby born and on the seventh day after his birth killed the mighty demon Taraka, and thereby delivered the gods from the demons who had defeated them.

In the Shiva Purana the birth of Kartikeya is associated with the destruction of Taraka, a demon who acquired the benediction of Brahma that he could not be killed by anyone except a seven day old child of Shiva. Taraka was thus almost invincible. He oppressed the gods and took control of the universe. When the gods approached Brahma for subjugating Taraka, he suggested that no one could, not even Shiva, because Shiva was a celibate yogi and his having a child was an impossibility. Meanwhile Parvati, the eternal consort of Shiva, had taken another birth and was united with Shiva again. The gods wanted to take this opportunity to destroy Taraka.


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