Vastu & Astrology

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Vastu is the science of architecture or dwelling and was used by ancient Indians to construct temples, palaces, and other residential buildings. But, did you know that Vastu is actually an integral part of astrology and they are two sides of the same coin? They are both complementary to each other and at the same time, they need to be in-sync for an individual to have a happy and balanced environment and life. Astrology is a vast discipline that has many sub-disciplines, all inherently connected by the 5 elements (based on the Panchabhoutik theory), 9 celestial bodies and the signs they rule and they are the ruler of directions as well.

Just like astrology involves the study of the position of planets and time, and how these influence people, their nature, appearance, behaviour and all other aspects of their life, Vastu is known to influence an individual’s home and his/her living. It uses scientific principles and how various elements i.e. air, water, wind, fire, ether, create a well-balanced environment and energy in the house to enhance health, wealth, prosperity and overall well being of the individual.

Each planet that is used in astrology also has an important role to play inside a house. Each planet rules a particular direction in the house and each corner of the house is ruled by a particular element. For example, here is a chart that explains which planet rules which direction or corner of the house. There are a total of 8 directions in the house – North, North East, North West, South, South East, South West, East, and West.

DirectionRuling Planet
North EastJupiter
North WestMoon
South EastVenus
South WestRahu

Just like the planets rule particular directions in a house, there are also a few rules that determine a house’s layout to maximize the benefits the individuals living in it can obtain. Generally, each room in the house must be in a specific direction:

Direction*Room in the House
NorthLiving Room
North EastPrayer room(Ideal place), Living room
North WestCommon or guest bedroom, bathroom(can include the toilet)
SouthKitchen, store room
South EastKitchen
South WestMaster bedroom, storage
EastLiving room, Bathroom
WestChildren’s bedroom, store room, study room

*This is based on the activity in a room and lordship of planets over an activity.

Most houses in India are built according to these Vastu principles. But, how can one use astrology and Vastu to the best of their potential? There have been many a case where an individual’s birth chart is excellent but the poor Vastu of his/her house hindered his/her progress in one or more aspects of life. Even vice-versa of this situation is common to see. So, it is important that an individual consults his birth chart to determine which house and what kind of Vastu suits him/her best.

If you think that Vastu is more of a ‘belief’ or a ‘philosophy’, you are mistaken. Vastu has a scientific basis. The entire subject is based on a phenomenon like the rotation of the Earth, Earth’s magnetic field, position and the rays of the sun, etc. For example, The sun rises in the east and hence, the sun’s morning rays are preferred and treasured. When a house or an apartment is built, the different planets and celestial bodies exert some form of influence on the house. So, the best way to make sure all planets exert their effects in the right way, the house needs to be made Vastu-compliant. There are both good and bad forces, similar to Yin and Yang in Chinese belief, that need to be well-balanced to have a prosperous home. 

It is important for a healthy and happy life, an individual’s birth chart and the Vastu of his/her house must be both good and well synced with each other. Do you want to know what is best for you, ask Taaraka.

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