Popular Associations with Monday (Somvaar) and the Moon.


Ruling Planet of Monday – Moon
Deity – Lord Shiva
Colours of the day: White and Light Blue.
Number represented : 2
Direction: North-East
Gemstone: Pearl

It is said that that the Sun acts and the Moon reacts!

Moon or Chandra or Shashi or Soma is the second luminary after the Sun in Astrology. It is a very important planet. If the Sun is the King, then Moon is known as the Queen of the Solar system. Being a natural significator of the mind, emotions and feelings, Moon plays a very crucial role in determining our personality traits and characteristics.

Peaceful, cool, pleasant, caring, affectionate, beautiful, sensitive, yet somewhat confused and unclear are some of the adjectives that describe moon very well. Moon rules the fourth Zodiac Sign- Cancer and gets exalted in the Zodiac Sign Taurus. In mythology, Moon or Chandra is said to have 27 wives who are now known as the 27 Nakshatras or star-constellations.

The way we behave with people around us, our reactions in general and how we tend to conduct ourselves in wake of various situations/ happenings/ circumstances in life, and also our emotions, innermost feelings and personal desires, our expressions, enthusiasm, sensitivity, mental composure and various other aspects of the Mind are controlled by the Moon, based on his position in our Birth-Chart and the nature of the Sign that he occupies.

The Moon is said to play the role of a Mediator between the internal and external world. He is the one who helps us to emote and convey our thoughts, ideas or expressions to the outer world. An actor, artist or writer will not be able to express his thoughts or ideas without the help of Moon. Similarly a person cannot decide about anything without proper thinking and mental evaluation, which again is denoted by Moon.

Generally, in Astrology, the moon also represents the Mother and maternal relatives and the happiness that a person gets from his mother, childhood, milk and white items, pearls, silver and silver items, textiles and apparels, beauty and charm of the face, nurses and care-takers, artists, matters related to women, hospitals, water, liquids and fluids, seas and oceans amongst various other things. The Moon is considered a top-rank benefic, and is known to give excellent results such as abundant prosperity, peace of mind, mental strength, luxuries and comforts, good food, considerable support from family and friends, etc., if well-placed in one's Birth-Chart.

Moon transits in each Sign for approximately two and a half days. It is the fastest moving planet, which completes the orbit through the complete Zodiac cycle in around 30 days. The waxing period of the moon is known as the bright-fortnight or Shukla Paksha, and the waning period is known as dark-fortnight or Krishna Paksha. Based on the moon's orbits or transits only, the Lunar calender is determined, which gives us an idea of the tithis and nakshatras.

Lord Shiva is the deity who represents the Moon amongst Gods.

Here are some tips that will help you achieve the grace and blessings of Moon in the form of mental strength and a prosperous life -

1) On Mondays, worship Lord Shiva. Recite the Mahamrutyunjaya Mantra and the Shiva Panchakshari mantra (Om Namah Shivaya).
2) Also chant the mantra: Om Som Somay Namah- 108 times.
3) Visit any temple of Lord Shiva, especially on Mondays and offer water and milk and also bilva patras or beal leaves.
4) Donate silver, silver items or white metal utensils to the needy, every once in a while.
5) Donate white items or white clothes to the poor people, especially outside a Shiva temple.
6) Be kind and supportive to women in need of help.

With Ganesha's Grace, 
Aaditya Sain
The GaneshaSpeaks.com Team