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Moon is the queen of the planets. It is the only natural satellite of the earth. Though it is considered as a luminary in astrology it does not emit its own light but shines due to the reflection of Sunís radiation. At the perigee moon is 356404 Kilometers away from the earth and at the apogee it is 406680 Kilometers away from the earth. As applicable for all the planets its path is also elliptic. Moon is nearly 1/4th the size of the earth. One interesting thing is that only one half of the moon is visible to us on Earth.
Moon is waxing or waning according as she is in the bright half or in the dark half. The former is called Shukla Paksha and the latter Krishna Paksha. Moon is a female and Vaishya by caste. She is strong during night, as Sun is during day, white in colour, fickle-minded, has a round & tall body. She is of satwic temperament, mild, loves truth, and possesses more blood. Fair in complexion and of large stature.
According to Harivansha Purana moon was the son of Sage Atri and was nurtured by the ten dishas (directions). Moon married the daughters of Daksha Prajapati. They were 27 in number. The names of these daughters are the 27 Nakshatras of the Zodiac.
Moon generally signifies Mother, flower, good perfume, going to a fortress, idleness, Phlegmatic humour, epilepsy, enlargement of the spleen, mental disposition, heart, woman, virtue or vice, sourness, sleep, happiness, any thing like water, silver, thick sugarcane, typhoid, travel, well, tank, mother, impartiality, mid-day, pearls, consumption, whiteness, waistband, bell-metal, salt, short stature, mind, ability, pond, pearl, winter season etc.
Malefic Moon causes venereal diseases and nose inflammation.