Vedic Astrology: Jupiter and Venus

In Sanskrit, Jupiter is seen as Brahaspati or Guru, which some people view as the intellect and speech of the Virat Purusha, the Cosmic Body. There are a variety of interpretations of what Jupiter represents. In this article, you will learn more about Jupiter associated with Vedic astrology, as well as Venus.


One tale speaks of the wife of Angiras (the priest of the gods and lord of sacrifices) giving birth to Brahaspati (Jupiter). She was the presiding deity of mental powers and the teacher of gods. Brahaspati then becomes the teacher of the science of light, which is Vedic astrology and astronomy. The story goes on to state that he is the ruler of the Sun and Moon, and has a hand in controlling the movement of all the planets.

Another interpretation sees Brahaspati as being born in the sky with seven faces and seven rays. When it comes to ritual sacrifices, it is Brahaspati that is invoked , the teacher of the gods. There is a story that says Brahaspati worshipped Shiva for 1,000 years and because of this, she rewarded him by making him the planet Jupiter.

Jupiter is often associated with luck and fortune. He is the ruler of religion, philosophy, spirituality, and wealth. When favorable, Jupiter is responsible for giving name, fame, success and honor. When looking at a birth chart, the placement of Jupiter is linked to the benefits that come with the karmas of his or her past lives.

Jupiter is also significant to the female because it is looked upon as determining how successful her relationship and overall marriage with her husband will be. Jupiter also has an influence on people who have set high goals for themselves, as well as religious teachers, priests, politicians, ministers, and people who work within legal profession.

Associations of Jupiter in regards to Vedic astrology include Thursdays, the color yellow, the yellow sapphire, wisdom, truthfulness, charity, compassion, meditation, long-distance travel, and the number 3 in Indian numerology.

In Hindu mythology, Venus is also referred to as Shukra, who is the son of the respected seer Bhrigu, who was an astrologer that educated his son all of the spiritual sciences and scriptures. Shukra harbored hostility towards Brahaspati (Jupiter), he agreed to take on the role of teaching the asuras (antigods). His association with the antigods placed him in an odd position, therefore he worshipped Shiva in order to obtain protection from the gods and subgods. Because of this, he learned how to bring them back to life even after they were killed during battles. Interestingly, Shukra in Sanskrit translates into “semen”.

Venus is the personification of love, and is also seen as the planet that is in control of romance, beauty, passion, comforting factors, luxury, jewelry, wealth, art, music, rainfall, dance, and the season of spring. Other connections of Venus within Vedic astrology include Ayurvedic medicine, the casting of spells, hypotism, alchemy, and Tantra yoga, which incorporates many different kinds of science, such as astronomy, astrology, numerology, physics, and chemistry.

People under the influence of Venus often love jewelry, sour-tasting foods, white dresses, perfumes, fine food, and fine arts. They are often tender, gentle, and considerate of other people’s feelings. Silver, Fridays, and diamonds are also associated with the planet Venus. The number 6 represents Venus in Indian numerology.