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Upaya for the person. While there is adequate ground here for correlating astrology with Ayurvedic treatment and life-style recommendations, we don’t see this pursued very much in the existing literature, though I have done some research in this area. One thing to remember is that correlations are general. For example, the six tastes do not exactly correspond to the planets but have their planetary correlations and mainly at the level of energetics. For example, sour taste is traditionally ascribed to Venus and there is a point to this, but Venus dominant people also like the sweet taste, sweet fragrances and flowers. In this regard I am including a short section from my book Ayurvedic Astrology 100102: “The Six Tastes and Their Correspondences Tastes and

Elements

Energy

Traditional Planet

Doshas

Doshas

Increased

Decreased

Sweet – Jupiter

Earth and Water

Cooling

Kapha

Pitta and Vata

Salty – Moon

Water and Fire

Heating

Kapha and Pitta

Vata

Sour – Venus

Earth and Fire

Heating

Pitta and Kapha

Vata

– Air and Earth

Cooling

Vata

Pitta and Kapha

Astringent Saturn Pungent – Sun

Fire and Air

Heating

Pitta and Vata

Kapha

Bitter – Mars

Air and Ether

Cooling

Vata

Pitta and Kapha

Sweet taste, such as occurs in sugars and starches, relates to Kapha planets, the Moon, Jupiter and Venus, which have an overall tissue-increasing effect upon the body. Classical Vedic astrology emphasizes the identification of Jupiter specifically with the sweet taste because it is the main planet creating weight and bulk in the body, which derive from this taste and its earth and water elements. However, Venus, the planet of love, a Kapha emotion, as is well known, is also fond of sweets. Salty taste mainly relates to the Moon, owing to its correspondence with the water element, the ocean and the plasma in our bodies, our internal ocean. Sour taste is classically ascribed to Venus in several Vedic astrological texts because of its stimulating and attractive nature, as well as its Kapha increasing properties. Yet sour taste, which has a heating energy, can increase Mars energy, particularly that found in alcohol and other fermented items. Astringent taste, such as found in tannins, is mainly Vata in its properties, increasing dryness and lightness in the body. In this regard it is sometimes related to Saturn, which like the astringent taste causes our energy to contract and has stopping or inhibiting action on such processes as sweating, bleeding or elimination. Pungent or spicy taste, which has a heating and stimulating energy, relates mainly to Pitta planets, specifically to the Sun, but also to Mars. Spices like ginger, cayenne or black pepper are storehouses of solar energy.

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