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Planetary Relationships

 For a beginner in Jyotish (Astrology), it is hard to remember “friends, neutrals, and enemies” of a certain planet. This story may help in memorizing them.

Sun (Surya)

Sun and Moon are husband and wife (also king and queen), Mars is their son, Jupiter is their guru (Dev Guru)— that’s why Sun’s friends are Moon, Mars and Jupiter. Mercury is the Sun’s “doot or say guptachar” (both are Hindi words for messenger and secret-agent) — that’s why Sun is neutral with Mercury. Venus is the guru of Rakshasa (not Dev Guru); and rays of Sun removes darkness, Saturn is dark — that’s why Sun’s enemies are Venus and Saturn.

Moon (Chandra)

As son is the most favorite to a king; here this queen’s (Moon’s) favorites are his husband and that secret-agent (that helps her to know many things, including the activities of her son Mars, and Dev Guru Jupiter). That is Moon’s friends are Sun and Mercury. And neutral with her son Mars, Jupiter (Dev Guru), Venus (Rakshasa Guru), and Saturn (the black one). In fact she is so beautiful, she’s no enemies.

Mars (Mangal)

Mars is the son of Sun and Moon, with his parents he also loves Dev Guru — that’s why Mars’s friends are Sun, Moon and Jupiter. Mars is so brave and cunning that his father’s enemies turn neutral for him — that is, Mars is neutral with Venus and Saturn. Father loves his son, Mars; but queen keeps an eye on his son by the secret-agent, Mercury — and Mars hates this; so Mars’s enemy is Mercury.

Jupiter (Brahaspati)

Dev Guru loves king, queen and their son — that is Jupiter’s friends are Sun, Moon and Mars. Saturn, enemy of the king lives near Jupiter in distance; Jupiter doesn’t treat him like an enemy ‘coz if he attacks Jupiter, there is nobody to save him, king lives far away — that’s why Jupiter is neutral with Saturn. Like Mars, queen also keeps an eye on Jupiter by the secret-agent, Mercury; and Venus is the Rakshasa Guru (and Jupiter doesn’t want to learn anything from Jupiter) — that’s why Jupiter’s enemies are Mercury and Venus.

Mercury (Budh)

As mercury is the secret-agent, he likes to be friend with powerful ones; and he thinks Sun and Venus both are powerful, ‘coz Sun is the king and Venus the Rakshasa Guru knows many tantric ways to become powerful quickly. So Mercury’s friends are Sun and Venus. Mercury doesn’t want bad relationship with Mars, Jupiter and Saturn — ‘coz they are powerful as well and can grasp his throat any time; so Mercury is neutral with Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. As queen (Moon) considers Mercury her friend, he in reverse considers Moon his enemy ‘coz he thinks a queen is not that powerful as he always wanted powerful people around him. So Mercury’s enemy is — Moon.

Venus (Sukra)

What a Rakshasa Guru wants, he wants an agent to spread his message to the people like Saturn — so he could establish Rakshasas in the whole universe. That’s why Venus’s friends are Mercury and Saturn. As Jupiter considers Venus his enemy; Venus don’t consider Jupiter his enemy, as he wants to learn many things from Jupiter; and Venus also don’t consider Mars his enemy as he wants to take Mars to his side — So Venus is neutral with Jupiter and Mars. As Venus wants to establish the influence of Rakshasas everywhere, he considers Sun and Moon his enemy (‘coz they aren’t Rakshasas), the king and queen. Venus’s enemies are Sun and Moon.

Saturn (Shani)

As Venus likes Saturn, and send messages to Saturn through Mercury. Saturn’s friends are Mercury and Venus. Like Venus, Saturn is also neutral with Jupiter, as he also wants to learn many things from Jupiter. And as Venus wants Mars to be his side, Saturn doesn’t want it, so along with parents Saturn considers their son to be an enemy. So Saturn’s enemies are Sun, Moon and Mars.

In sum up -

Sun (Planet): | Moon, Mars, Jupiter (Friends) | Mercury (Neutral) | Venus, Saturn (Enemies)

Moon (Planet): | Sun, Mercury (Friends) | Mars, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn (Neutral) | (No Enemy)

Mars (Planet): | Sun, Moon, Jupiter (Friends) | Venus, Saturn (Neutral) | Mercury (Enemy)

Jupiter (Planet): | Sun, Moon, Mars (Friends) | Saturn (Neutral) | Venus, Mercury (Enemies)

Mercury (Planet): | Sun, Venus (Friends) | Mars, Jupiter, Saturn (Neutral) | Moon (Enemy)

Venus (Planet): | Mercury, Saturn (Friends) | Mars, Jupiter (Neutral) | Sun, Moon (Enemies)

Saturn (Planet): | Mercury, Venus (Friends) | Jupiter (Neutral) | Mars, Moon, Sun (Enemies)

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