Pitta is hot, light and penetrating just like fire which is burning, luminous and spreading.
Pitta is fire that is held in water or oil which serves as its fuel, the blood, enzymes and acid secretions. It has watery qualities of oiliness and liquid movement (just like warm water moves quickly).
Pitta creates the digestive system and is responsible for the conversion of nutrients on all levels. These factors usually relate to the Sun in astrology.
Pitta is an emotional force, on the negative side, creates anger and animosity, which are fiery or aggressive emotions. On the positive side. it gives insight, courage and daring, as well as personal warmth, fire as a creative and protective force. These are the qualities of Mars and the Sun.
The higher form of Pitta is called Tejas, which is responsible for the creative and transformative powers of the fire element.
- The Sun governs the fire element in the body, providing light, heat and colour on all levels. It rules over all Pitta systems as a whole from the digestive system to the eyes and the perceptive aspect of the mind. The Sun is the general indicator of our physical vitality and the positive reflector of our Prana or vital energy, which comes from the Sun as the bestower of all life. A well-placed and strong Sun in the birth chart indicates good health and strong resistance to disease, while weak or afflicted Sun causes health and vitality problems, generally of a chronic or persistent nature starting with weak digestion and poor metabolism.
- Mars governs Pitta more specifically, particularly through male energy, which is fiery and aggressive in nature. Mars, being a more malefic planet, is more likely to cause Pitta type diseases than the Sun, and indicates fever, inflammation, infection and acute conditions. It also causes reckless action and accidents, including those that require surgery, causing health problems for people who are otherwise constitutionally strong. Mars is the main planet to examine for Pitta disorders and second only to Saturn as the most disease-promoting of the planet.
- Ketu is said to resemble Mars in its influence, but just as Rahu with Saturn, in a more subtle way. It governs diseases of a nervous and mental nature like Rahu, but with Ketu involves coordination or strength of the muscular system, including the onset of neuro-muscular problems. Like Mars it is connected to fevers and infections, particularly of a deep-seated or chronic nature, including those that are hard to cure. It can also indicate accidents, injuries or wounds, particularly those owing to collective factors like wars or catastrophes. When Mars and Ketu combine their influences in the chart, severe Pitta problems or violence are likely.
Pitta-types are usually of average height, build and frame and generally possess good health. They have well developed muscles and a ruddy or glowing complexion. Their skin is prone to ache, rashes and other inflammatory skin disorders, and is usually a bit oily. They bruise and bleed easily. Their eyes easily get red or light sensitive and they often have to wear glasses. Their hair is thin, often red or blond in colour, and they tend towards early greying or balding. They are sensitive to heat and prefer all things that are cooling. The warming influence of the Sun and Mars is evident in all their traits.
Pittas possess an appetite and thirst that is good, sharp or excessive, though their weight usually remains moderate. Their discharges of feces, urine or mucus tend to be of yellow colour and large in quantity, reflecting an excess of bile. They sweat easily and their sweat and other discharges may be malodorous. Their sleep is moderate in duration but not always good in quality. They have many dreams, which are often passionate, sometimes violent or disturbing.
The health of Pittas may suffer more from accidents than disease, which often occur from their own recklessness or aggression. When they do have diseases, these are usually of a febrile, infectious or toxic blood type often involving the liver, spleen or small intestine. These are usually Mars-caused problems, though Sun-caused heart diseases or Ketu-caused nervous system disorders also occur for them.
Pittas are prone to anger and are competitive, if not domineering. They have strong wills and can be impulsive and sudden in their actions (Sun and Mars influences). They like to be leaders and shine in what they do, but can be fanatic or insensitive, They like the use of force and are prone to argument or violence. They enjoy colour, drama and passion and can be good orators and debaters.
Pittas are intelligent, perceptive and discriminating. With a good understanding of mechanics and mathematics, they make good scientists and technicians. They often like to work with tools, weapons or chemistry. They have probing minds and are good at research and invention. They can also excel as psychologists, doctors or surgeons. They can have the deep insight that goes with Ketu on spiritual matters and can be good astrologers.
Most military persons, policemen, lawyers and politicians are Pitta types and Mars is usually their strongest planet. They have a natural interest in law and punishment. Yet Pittas may lack compassion and have a hard time seeing a point of view that is different from their own.