Depression is very common these days. As per the World Health Organization, more than 264 million people of all ages suffer from depression. These is a major cause of disability worldwide and a major contributor to most diseases. Today’s high-tech world and their aspirations have led to thoughts of instant satisfaction and gratification. We have become so internet social that we have now removed ourselves from becoming social in real life. Virtual life and their pros and cons have started affecting us in a lot of ways. Viewing screens almost 12 hours a day, lead to mixed reactions and creation of a world, which is far distant from reality. This is my personal feelings. The happiness of getting a physical letter in one’s home, the art of writing a letter to one’s near and dear ones, the happiness of waiting for a serial to view at night, the feel of a physical book, the sound of rain amongst the leaves, the sound of stream in the midst of a forest etc all have now replaced with artificial sounds, virtual screen timings etc. This leads to late sleep and waking up late for starting a day, which ultimately makes a human dejected in life. I feel that all these may give rise to lethargy, less activeness, negative thoughts, less creativity and may lead to depression.
Depression is generally separate from usual mood fluctuations. It is often observed that almost 76% and 85% of people in low- and middle-income countries receive no treatment for this type of disorders. Sometimes barriers to effective treatment, lack of resources, lack of trained healthcare providers and a social stigma associated with mental disorders leads to increase in the problem. According to a research from Harvard University, the cause of depression is a result of a chemical imbalance. As per the research depression doesn’t spring from simply having too much or too little of certain brain chemicals. Rather, there are many possible causes of depression.
So, how can one understand from the spiritual point of view the subject – depression. In astrology, depression may have many causes and it can be due to the following astrological combinations:
- An afflicted Moon, which can cause problems in the mind.
- An afflicted Mercury, which can cause problems with the nervous system along with communication.
Hence, to understand about depression, the moon needs to be majorly affected. Now, the question comes, as to when does the Moon gets maximum affliction. The following conditions may help to understand:
- If the Moon is in the 6th house, 8th house and 12th house from the Ascendant in the D1 chart of an individual and is in aspect with the astrological planet Rahu, Ketu and Saturn, then there is a chance of depression.
- If the Moon is positioned and is in aspect with all the three astrological planets Rahu, Ketu and Saturn, it may lead to depression.
- If the Moon is afflicted in the D1 chart and also in the D9 chart, this may lead to depression.
- If the Moon is deep combusted by Sun and afflicted by Karmic planets like Rahu, Ketu and Saturn and there is no good aspect from Jupiter, it may lead to depression.
- Depression may also happen, when Mercury is very weak in the chart and have very less power. It can also be due to the fact if the planet Mercury is at Planetary War with some planets and had extremely become weak due to the conjunction. If the Moon is deep combusted and have less power and if is too weak in D1 chart, chances of depression may happen.
- If planet Mercury is in very close conjunction with astrological planet Rahu, then the person may have the tendency to say things, which may not be true. The person, thinks and feels that what the person is speaking might be true. Now, with this combination, if Moon gets afflicted and have very less power in the birth chart, chances of depression arise.
- If planet Mercury falls in Rahu and Ketu axis and if the ascendant falls in the Virgo ascendant, then chances of depression arise.
But then can astrology find effective solutions to these problems as well as the question arises, if a horoscope chart of an individual can tell whether that human is likely to suffer from depression? Well in my analysis, I feel that understanding the strength of planet Moon and astrological planet Mercury is the key towards coming to a conclusion if the person is suffering from depression.
But does that mean that it’s only astrological planet Moon and Mercury, which plays a role in any analysis to understand, if any human is suffering from depression or not? In my own personal analysis, I feel that for any subject related to mind, the brain has a great role to play. So, sometimes, I feel, if planet Sun does play a role in understanding if a person is likely to suffer from mind related problems. When we speak about medical astrology, I feel that we need to consider all these aspects before coming to a logical conclusion from a spiritual level.
Now, let’s see a condition for Virgo Ascendant and Libra Ascendant, where Sun falls in the 12th House for Virgo Ascendant and Sun gets debilitated in Libra Ascendant. In both the examples, if in the D1 chart, Sun gets afflicted or debilitated, then I personally feel that the human may likely to suffer from depression. It may not be a severe depression but the chances or probability of having negative thoughts cannot be ignored. Obviously, the question arises as do every person who have negative thoughts lead to depression? The answer is negative and the reason is persistent regular negative thoughts lead to depression. Hence, in a D1 or Ascendant chart, if planet Sun, along with planet Moon and Planet Mercury have less strengths, then there is a chance of having depression.
In any horoscope planet Sun and planet Moon, plays a very important part. In this Galaxy, Sun lights up the sky. Its because of Sun, we exist and all living species including human beings can survive. Its through it’s light, we gain positivity. Hence, does Sun light have a connection with our mind and how we think. I leave this to my readers to analyse and comment.
Similarly, planet Moon’s existence is required to bring softness on this planet earth. It has a serene energy and hence many poets have written great poetry about ‘Moon Light’. Without Moon energy, it’s also difficult for plants to grow. As high tides and low tides happen, similarly the movement of the Moon also aspects our mind as per Spirituality. So, the movement of the astrological planet Moon do have a great part to play about one’s mind. This is my personal view.
I feel that a strong Sun and a strong Moon helps one to overcome depression. Mercury also needs to be strong and placed in a good house to have good and positive thoughts and sound sleep for having a positive mind. In this article I am not speaking about the divisional charts to understand the phenomenon better. However, there is another planet, which if strengthened can also help one to move out of depression and that is planet Mars.
So, how does astrological planet Mars help in uplifting of mood? In today’s world, whatever good we are going to achieve can be seen as a distant truth, as there is so much of competition, struggles and so many tribulations. The reason is that we often start comparing with others and do not understand, what is to be done to move forward. The obvious answer to it is that we need to have more focus on our works and our efforts. In Astrology, it’s the planet Mars, which gives us strength to fight, courage to move forward and is the source of energy in the physical body.
As one goes deep into detailed analysis, one can observe that Planet Sun, Moon, Mercury and Mars have a role to play in depression. So, one need to strengthen these planets so as to reduce the effects of the afflictions. This is from the Medical Astrology point of view.
Please note that this is an article which I am writing out of my own analysis on the aforementioned disease. This should be read as just thoughts from a spiritual plane and is no way concerned with any medical prescriptions or medicines and neither is a substitute for any medical prescriptions followed by any individual. This article should also not be treated as an alternate form of medicine. This are just my thoughts, which can help to understand the disease form the Medical Astrology point of view.
At the end, I just want to say that Stay Happy and Stay Blessed.
This is all from me in this article. Hope you have liked my personal thoughts and opinions.
The above small brief is a general prediction and my personal views which may not match with astrologers or others in the same or related sectors. I look forward to your comments. The above astrology article is based on my experience of reading astrology subject and looking into the practicalities of the situation based on horoscope analysis for years.
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