When a planet is very dominant on the physical focal points in a chart, the physical characteristics of that planet will manifest in the person’s body. The physical focal point is the Ascendant – which includes
- The Ascendant itself
- The Rising Sign / 1st House
- The lagnesh (Ruler of the 1st House)
- The Navamsha of the ascendant.
Take Saturn for example, he aspects three houses – the 3rd, 7th and 10th house from him. So if Saturn is in the 4th , 7th or 11th house he will aspect the 1st House and have some influence on the person’s physical characteristics. Say that Saturn is in the 7th House while the lagnesh is in the 4th or the 9th. In this scenario Saturn would be aspecting both the 1st House and the 1st House ruler (lagnesh), so his influence on the person’s physical characteristics would be twice as strong. Say further that the ascendant is at 10º of the 1st House, while Saturn is at 10º in the 7th House. In this case the effect is tripled for Saturn also effects the first house by Tajjika aspect (“western” orb-aspects, an “opposition” aspect). If the Lagnesh is also within a few degrees of 10º in the 4th House we add yet another influence, saying that Saturn’s effect on the physical characteristics of the person is “quadrupled”. This is intentionally simplified somewhat, just to give you an idea. Say Saturn also happens to be in the navamsha’s first house, etc. this can multiply his effect on the physical body still further.
You can say that the 2nd house is another focal point for appearance, as far as the appearance pertains to the face specifically.
Also when a planet is simply much more powerful and dominant that the other planets in the chart, the physical characteristics of the planet will “leak through” into the person.
So this is how you analyze the chart to see how much each planet influences the physical characteristics of a person. Now, She Who Illuminates the Fruits will describe what the typical effects of a planet’s influence on our physical characteristics will be.
High metabolism (“pitta”)
Thins the hair on the head
Darkens and reddens the complexion
Reddens the eyes
Gives a build which is quite sturdy, square
Inclines one to dress in red
Ample body (“kapha w/ some vata”)
Fine black hair
Pale and fair complexion
Attractive, wet eyes
Inclination to dress in white
High metabolism (“pitta”)
Strong bone marrow
Shiny and curly hair
Angry but generous
Lean body and thin waist
Attraction to wearing red
Sensitive constitution (balanced “tridosha”)
Good symmetry in the limbs
Prominent veins on the skin
A greenish look, or attraction to wearing green
Love for fun and games
Ample, plump, big body (“kapha”)
Interested in wealth
Interest in (or you might say “looks good in”) yellowish cloths
“Yellowish” actually means the color of saffron. This is a sort of mix between orange, yellow and brown.
Ample body, larger size (“kapha” and some “vatta”)
Long, lovely eyes
Powerful sexual charisma and potency
Attraction to colorful clothes
Cold body type (“vatta”)
Lanky (long and thin)
Large teeth and nails
Thick hair shafts
Stiff body, lack of flexibility
Mature or old look
Attraction to black clothes
Heart hearted and insensitive
Lack of cleanliness
– Vic DiCara