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 ups is whether and to what extent education can be acquired by benefic or malefic Moon. At the same time, the involvement of major significations for education namely Jupiter and Mercury cannot be ruled out. Similarly certain signs and 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 by NATAL Moon for 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 augmented by higher studies? At the same time it becomes inevitable to mention that 'education' is a word of wide importance 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 field of Art, Music, Drama, archaeology, economics 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 though schools/colleges and universities. Hence the need for mind (Moon) for any type of learning would differ from native to native depending on the personal horoscope.
The Moon is 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 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 sign and houses also influence the scope of education to be acquired by the native. Briefly, the mon in turus makes the native intelligent (with or without proper schooling), the Moon in Gemini makes the native scholarly and learned, 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 makes the native well varsed in literature and some natives may become authors and the Moon in Aquarius makes the native learned with power of intuition.
The internal darkness of the native is 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 s provided by the Moon.
The Moon in various houses has its influence on the native. However, for the purposes of the present write-up, only aspect of the Moon on education shall be discussed.
The Moon in the 1st house (Lagan) makes the native normally educated, the Moon in the second house though makes the native intelligent but also stands for break in education', 3rd house Moon makes the native to possess good knowledge and thus becomes intelligent, the Moon in the 4th house enables the native to acquires high education, the Moon in the 5th house gives clarity to mind but has also 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 the Moon together make the native learned in ancient subjects and skilled in astrology. And finally, it has been seen that the 12th house Moon would give eye-trouble, mental troubles thus compelling the native to have no education or less education.
Now, about the main significations of education. The known and accepted significations are Jupiter and Mercury. For all educational purposes, one looks for the placement of Jupiter and Mercury. Apart from these significations, 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 houses of education. Without dwelling into controversy as to what extent 10th house us is to be taken into account for education purposes, it would suffice to say that the main houses for education are 2, 4, 5 and 9.
In one of his lectures, analysis of education 'both from the point of significations and houses ahs nicely been done, it would be relevant to say that apart from the consideration of 'Lagan' and Lagan lord for basic characteristics (man is known by the company it keeps i.e. planets in lagan), 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.
5th house - Graduation or near there to.
9th house - Post graduation, and
11th house - Higher education.
The main point for consideration in this 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 slow education while doing work (service or profession). Few aspects can be explained by the individual horoscopes to show that the Moon has a definite role to play in the education of the native.
Chart No. 1
Lagan, Jupiter, Mars
In this horoscope (Chart No.1) the native played truant while in school, failed in metric during Mars dasa but came up later with higher education qualifications apparently with Moon in 4th house though Jupiter is giving its 5th aspect on the 5th house with Saturn there in. therefore, the Moon has its part to play.
Venus, Mars, Ketu
Chart no. 2
In this case (Chart no. 2) the native, a female teacher, had to work hard to acquire the educational qualifications (M.Sc, B-Ed)- though the 4th is, inter-alia, hemmed by malefic and the saver is Moon's aspect and the lord of 4th house goes to the 5th house. Saturn in the 3rd made the native to learn while earning (service after Matric).
This horoscope belongs to late Shri Ram Kishan Damia (Chart no. 3) noted industrial. It was known that he studied upto matriculation only though he came out to be an excellent speaker writer of English, Hindi and Bengali. Saturn in the 4th did its part but Moon's aspect on Lagan apart from contributions made by 10th house Jupiter and Sun-mercury-Venus combination in the 9th house. Role of the Moon in education is well depicted.
In this horoscope (Chart No.4) the Moon is in the 6th house, though the Moon debilitated is in and 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 Justice the horoscope is of Late Dr. Nagendra Singh). It would be seen that the houses governing education don't speak much, on the face of them, but applying the astrological dicta (as planet debilitated or lord of these house's 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 the education of the native through the 10th house became very strong helping the native to acquire the highest education.
Chart no. 4
This horoscope (Chart no.5) belongs to an ordinary person and apparently, the natives should have got reasonably good education because the second lord Mercury is well placed and has no malefic aspect or association. All other important Planets are posited in the 10th house but within axis of Rahu and Ketu. Moon is not well placed in the 12th house and can be said to be malefic being within 72 degree of the Sun. no help from Moon, the native could hardly get education upto matriculation and ended up with a small job.
Jupiter, Sun, Mars, Rahu, Venus
Chart no. 5
Without multiplying the example, it would suffice to say that the MOON has a definite role to play in the acquisition of education in stages. Hence, the role of the Moon has to be taken into account while considering the houses governing education as well as the significations for education i.e. Jupiter and Mercury. It can be said that the MOON status is next to that of the SUN. The factors influenced by the Moon enable the native to aquire high (higher) education followed by a high status. Taking the broad view of the term 'education', the Moon stands for development of good behavior and ideas, pursuits for acquisition of money (education and intelligence), mental satisfaction, intuition and psychic perceptions, 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). This apart, the point for consideration is whether and to what extent the MOON contributed to his educational qualifications. On analysis, Lagan lord Venus is in 7th- 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 7th. The MOON is in 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 Navamasa, the 11th house becomes strong further. The Moon becomes the major contributor for education in Navamasa being in Lagan though in the house of Mars aspecting the 11th house along with Saturn. To sum up, Mercury of native did not contribute mush for education being in the 6th house along with Sun which leads to all afflictions and the native becomes prone to certain evils which does not apperar to be the case with the native. However Saturn-Venus combination in the 9th house in the Navamasa without inflicted MOON made the native highly meritorious, highly learned famous, skillful 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.
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