The Moon sign is one of the most important positions in vedic astrology. Normally we refer to the moon sign as Janma rāśi and the Moon constellation as janma nakshatra.
The moon is cool and moist and like saturn it has strength to battle when in the southern latitudes. While saturn is karaka for longevity the moon is the giver of longevity. It governance the mind of man and it is necessary that the starting letter of a person’s name should be in harmony with the moon. In a similar way the various houses and planets and yoga should be in harmony with the moon for the native to enjoy benefits from such bhavas, planets and yogas in his life.
Keeping this in mind will begin a series of classes to study the position of the moon.
Perhaps the first step in Vedic Astrology is to discard the idea that it is some kind of a superstition. Astrology is composed of two words “Astro” referring to the study of celestial bodies and phenomena and “Logos” meaning the logical application of this scientific study. Vedic refers to the period of the writing of the Vedas and the codification of the data from the Brighu’s (database created across India in the form of Brighu Samhita having records of various birth charts and their life events). Thus, Vedic Astrology refers to the method of Astrology as studied and practised in India since time immemorial. The principal exponent of this is Maharishi Parasara whose writings in the monumental classic Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra form the standard text for Jyotish (Vedic Astrology).