Understanding the three Gunas of Prakriti is not only helpful when studying our birth charts and astrology, but it can also be beneficial when we turn our attention to our health, healing, and the foods we eat. Vedic Astrology has a close connection with Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India. For Ayurvedic practitioners studying an individual’s birth chart and astrology is a diagnostic tool. It helps them gain insight into the patient’s karma as well as tendencies for disease and illness. Ayurveda, which means the science (knowledge) of life, and Vedic Astrology together are sciences and systems designed to bring harmony and balance to our bodies, minds, and souls so that we can then harmonize with the great Consciousness of the Universe.
Determining whether our lifestyles, personality traits, and diet are sattvic, rajasic, or tamasic provides a good amount of information about our health and what healing remedies may be needed. Ayurveda places a strong emphasis on good hygiene, proper exercise, and healthy eating habits. Food as medicine, which can be animal-based or plant-based, and herbal medicines are an integral part of Ayurveda.
Ideally we want to be leaning towards a sattvic state of health. When we are sattvic we partake in spiritual and intellectual/educational activities. Our minds are clear and at peace and we engage in selflessness and compassion on a regular basis. We are more in tune with our intuition and feel connection to the Divine or Universe. Sattvic foods are fresh, organic, not overly cooked, and not too oily, spicy, or salty. The diet is lacto-vegetarian.
While it would be nice if we felt sattvic in all areas of our lives at all times, we all have times when we feel and behave rajasic and tamasic. Some of us may even inherently be more rajasic or tamasic, and in these cases more attention towards health and healing may be needed. Rajasic individuals are very active, aggressive, powerful, and worldly. They get energy from stimulation, including stimulating foods: high quality, freshly made, rich tasting, higher in protein (meats), and more oils and spices.
Tamasic individuals often have dark emotional states and sometimes unusual personality traits. They are self-serving, highly craving and desirous but stagnant or lazy, and sedentary. They tend towards overly sugary, spicy, and heavily cooked foods, a lot of meats, processed and packaged foods, and intoxicants.
Understanding the Gunas in our birth charts and how our lives and health may lean more towards one or another can give us insights into healing and into bettering and maintaining our health.