The planet is the best word available in English and other European languages to express the meaning of the Sanskrit word "Graha". Literally, the word means “invader”, one of the many astral forces with the ability to hold or seise and establish authority over the whole being.
Vedic astrology uses the seven classical planets visible to the naked eye— the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. To these it adds the two lunar nodes, the north node or Dragon’s head called Rahu, and the south node or Dragon’s tail called Ketu. These points in the Moon’s elliptical orbit at which eclipses occur are very important in the Vedic system. Some Vedic astrologers also use Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, but few afford them the importance of the other planets.
The planets are divided into two groups — benefic and malefic.
- Benefic include: Jupiter, Venus, Mercury and waxing Moon.
- Malefic include: Sun, Mars, Saturn, Rahu, Ketu and waning Moon.
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