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Human physiology is the inseparable part of cosmic physiology. The rays and elements of the cosmos contribute in the physical and mental constitution of an individual. Cosmos, in Vedic vision is lively and reflects all the possible modes of qualities and dispositions through its different celestial agencies as constellations, signs and planets. These celestial agencies at any specific point of place and time through their respective positions render specific kind of qualities and dispositions. If we prepare the horoscope of an individual for his date, time and place of birth, it is possible to define in detail his mental, physical setup and general tendencies of events through out the life. Though the cosmos is infinite, Vedic seers have minimized the range of influences to Zodiac comprising 27 constellations, 12 Signs and 9 planets which have strong and direct bearing upon the individual life. 9 planets are of vital importance, so let us have a glimpse of their general characteristics and tendencies.

Surya (Sun): Surya, being at the centre of the planetary system, is the source of vital energy and represents soul in the human beings. He enjoys the status of king in the planetary cabinet and thus symbolizes all the royal qualities. The relationships with the government, government officials, administrative ability, sense of self respect, position in the society are judged from the positional strength of Surya. All the planets are born of Surya hence he represents Father in Social relationship. He rules over east. His element is fire, Satvik (pure) in nature. His color is dark red, gem stone is Ruby. His metal is copper and pungent in taste. In physiological context he rules over bone, bile, heart, brain, head and eyes.

Chandra (Moon): Chandra represents mind in cosmic physiology and is Queen in Planetary cabinet. Individual’s mental evolution, emotions, feelings and sensitivity depend on the strength of Chandra. In sociological relationship Chandra is mother. Since Chandra has waxing and waning character she signifies a changing mood. In human physiology she represents blood, breast, saliva, womb, water lymphatic and glandular system. Chandra rules over North-West, nature is Satvik, color is white, and sex is female. One can improve his power of Chandra by wearing Pearl. Chandra's taste is salt and element is Water.

Mangal (Mars): Mangal is the commander-in-chief in planetary cabinet. He denotes physical force vital energy, passion, valor, aggressiveness and qualities of leadership. In sociological relationship he represents younger brothers and sisters. In human physiology he represents marrow, bile, ears, nose, forehead, fiber and muscular tissues. His nature is Tamas (ignorant nature, dark) and sex is male. His direction is south and gemstone is Coral. Elementally he represents fire.

Budh (Mercury): Budh is the crown prince in the planetary cabinet. It represents high speed, mathematical proportion and intellectuality. Budh is fond of fun, pleasant speech, well versed and highly informative. In sociological relationship Budh represents friends and maternal side. In human physiology he represents abdomen, tongue, skin, nerve centers and muscular tissues. Sex is eunuch. His quality is Rajas and direction is north. Color is green, gemstone is Emerald. Elementally he represents Earth.

Guru (Jupiter): Guru is the minister in planetary cabinet. He denotes expansion, pure-intelligence, knowledge, universal harmony, generosity and wealth. He is adept in politics and gaining favor from the government. In sociological relationship he represents children, elder brother, sister, and husband for women. In human physiology he represents fat, phlegm, thighs, flesh and arterial system. His sex is male. His quality is Satvik, color is golden. Gemstone is yellow sapphire. Elementally he represents ether.

Shukra (Venus): Shukra is also a minister in the planetary cabinet. He represents love, luxury, aesthetic sense, cleanliness and all the beautiful things. He controls space, electricity, emotion, sex, and sexual drive. Being the preceptor of Demons Shukra is adept in manipulating the situations in his favor. In his sociological aspects he represents lady friends and wife for men. In human physiology he controls ovaries, generative system, kidneys, water and semen. His sex is female. Quality is Rajas, humor is Vata and Kapha. His gemstone is Diamond and element is water. Shukra rules over South-East direction.

Shani (Saturn): Shani holds the position of a servant in the planetary cabinet. He represents lower class people and relationship with them. His mental disposition is deep philosophical with strong likes and dislikes. Time and life principles are governed by him and are easily prone to melancholy and depression. He creates delays and restrictions. He makes the people work hard to achieve their goals. In human physiology he represents feet, nervous system, wind and knees. sex is eunuch. Shani's color is blue, gemstone is blue sapphire. His direction is west.

Rahu and Ketu: Rahu and Ketu also hold the position of servant in planetary cabinet. They don't have physical existence. They are just the ascending and descending nodes of moon. Their shadow falls on earth and creates strong influence. Rahu mostly imbibes the qualities of Shani and Ketu that of Mangal. They denote destructive forces such as dissolution and disintegration. Rahu has more of these qualities. He is also considered to be a deceptive planet. Ketu, while great malefic, is also called as Moksha-Karaka and Gyan-karaka. Sometimes they cause such diseases which are difficult to diagnose. Their motion isalways retrograde. Rahu is female and Ketu is eunuch. His quality is Tamas. Gem stone of Rahu is Gomed (Garnet) and Ketu's is Vaidhurya (Cat’s eye).