The Astrology of Baby’s First Solid Food

You can laugh if it pleases you but I think that ancient culture is more subtle, sublime, and wonderful than our modern mess. Ancient and classical Indian culture places a lot of importance on doing things at the right moments. The moment in which you start an important activity has a big impact on how the activity will turn out for you. 

The conditions under which a child eats solid food for the first time will have a significant impact on how the child relates to food for the rest of his or her life; and thus a big effect on their appearance, health and longevity. Here is what ancient and classical Indian astrology has in the way of astrological advice for choosing the best time to feed your baby his or her first solid food. To understand or calculate some of these details you may have to consult with me or with someone who knows Vedic calenders and timekeeping.


Start looking for a good time after the child has turned 5 months and before they are more than 1 year. For boys, even numbered months are better, visa versa for girls. So for girls, look within their 5th, 7th, 9th or 11th month for an auspicious day. For boys, look within their 6th, 8th, 10th, or 12th.


You need to know which of the 27 Vedic stars the Moon was in when your child was born. You can find this out from an astrologer, or probably even online since it is a relatively simple calculation. Knowing this you can find auspicious days within the month you want to start feeding your baby solid food. Again you will need an astrologer to help you with this unless you are familiar with Vedic calenders. The principles are:

  • Don’t select a day where the Moon is in the same star as the day your baby was born.
  • Select a day where the Moon is in whatever star is 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, or 19 stars from the star of the Moon when your baby was born. 
    • Start counting with that star as “1”, so the star in the 2nd position is the next star.
    • Say your baby was born when the Moon was in Uttara-Bhadrapada… Revati (the next star) would be star #2, Bharani star #4, Rohini #6, etc.

If you are following along, by this point you’ll have a list of stars that are auspicious for your baby to have his or her first bite of food. The next step is to cross reference it with this list:

  • If one of the following stars is on the list, put a “+” next to it
    • Asvini, 
    • Rohini, 
    • Mrigasira, 
    • Punarvasu, 
    • Pushya, 
    • Uttaraphalguni, 
    • Hasta, 
    • Chitra, 
    • Uttarashadha, 
    • Sravana, 
    • Dhanishtha, 
    • Uttarabhadrapada
    • Revati 
  • If one of the following is on the list, put a “-” next to it
    • Ardra, 
    • Krittika, 
    • Jyeshtha, 
    • Bharani, 
    • Aslesha, 
    • Purvaphalguni, 
    • Purvashadha 
    • Purvabhadrapada 

So, in the example of a baby born with the Moon in Uttarabhadrapada, on the list of candidate lucky stars is Revati, Bharani, and Rohini. We would put a plus next to Revati and Rohini and a minus next to Bharani.

Then cross off the stars with minus signs next to them. Any day in the month you are interested in where the moon is in one of the stars on your list with a plus next to it is probably a very good and lucky day to feed your baby his or her first solid food.

Lunar Phase

The Vedic lunar calendar works mostly as a combination of stars and lunar phases (“tithi”). There are 15 waxing phases of the Moon and 15 waning phases. For your baby’s first solid food, the following phases of either cycle (waxing or waning) reduce the auspiciousness of the day:

  • 4th, 
  • 6th, 
  • 8th, 
  • 9th, and 
  • 14th

Practical Demonstration

My little darling girl was born last december when the Moon was in Uttara-bhadrapada. 

Initial list of lucky stars for first food:

  • Star #2 from Uttara-bhadrapada: Revati
  • Star #4: Bharani
  • #6: Rohini
  • 8, Ardra
  • 10, Pushya
  • 11, Aslesha
  • 13, Purva-phalguni
  • 15, Hasta
  • 17, Svati
  • 19, Anuradha

Next I want to apply the “+” and “-” checklist to the above candidates:

  • + Revati
  • – Bharani
  • + Rohini
  • – Ardra
  • + Pushya
  • – Ashlesha
  • – Purva-phalguni
  • + Hasta
  • Svati
  • Anuradha

Now I can cross off the “-“‘s from the list:

  • + Revati
  • + Rohini
  • + Pushya
  • + Hasta
  • Svati
  • Anuradha

Now I have a list of lucky stars for feeding my little girl! Since she was born in december, she’s just turned four months, so lets look in her fifth month (since she is a girl) and see when the Moon is in these stars. She turns 5 months old on May 5th so lets look from May 5th to June 5th and consider that her fifth monthIn Japan (where we live, lunar calendars are location-specific) the Moon’s stars between these dates are:

  • May 5: Chitra,
  • 6: Svati
  • 7: Vishakha
  • 8: Jyeshtha
  • 9: Mula
  • 10: P.ashadha
  • 11: U.ashadha
  • 12: Shravana
  • 13: Dhanishtha
  • 14: Satabhisha
  • 15: P.bhadrapada
  • 16: U.bhadrapada
  • 17: Revati
  • 18: Revati
  • 19: Asvini
  • 20: Bharani
  • 21: Krittika
  • 22: Rohini
  • 23: Mrigashirsha
  • 24: Ardra
  • 25: Punarvasu
  • 26: Pushya
  • 27: Ashlesha
  • 28: Magha
  • 29: P.phalguni
  • 30: U.phalguni
  • 31: Hasta
  • June 1: Chitra
  • 2: Svati
  • 3: Vishakha
  • 4: Anuradha

First I want to pick from this the days that have the stars on my list. That gives me:

  • + Revati – May 17 & 18
  • + Rohini – May 22
  • + Pushya – May 26
  • + Hasta – May 31
  • Svati – June 2
  • Anuradha – June 4

I should mention that when the calendar stays in the same star or phase across more than one sunrise (“day”) those days lose auspiciousness, so this puts a “yellow flag” on the 17th and 18th (Revati) for me.

The next thing is to consider the lunar phases. The calendar of lunar phases for Japan between May and June 5th is:

  • May 5: 14th phase, waxing
  • 6: Full Moon
  • 7: 1st phase, waning
  • 8: 3rd phase
  • 9: 4th
  • 10: 5
  • 11: 6
  • 12: 7
  • 13: 8 (halfmoon)
  • 14: 9
  • 15: 10
  • 16: 11
  • 17: 12
  • 18: 13
  • 19: 14
  • 20: 14 (second sunrise with the same phase)
  • 21: New Moon
  • 22: 1st waxing phase
  • 23: 2nd
  • 24 3rd
  • 25: 4th
  • 26: 5th
  • 27: 6th
  • 28: 7th
  • 29: 8th (halfmoon)
  • 30: 9th
  • 31: 10
  • June 1: 11th
  • 2: 12
  • 3: 14 (sunrise skipped a phase)
  • 4: Full Moon

Now lets remove any that are on undesirable lunar phases (4th, 6th, 8th, 9th, and 14th):

  • + Rohini – May 22 – 1st phase of waxing
  • + Pushya – May 26 – 5th phase of waxing
  • + Hasta – May 31 – 10th phase of waxing
  • Svati – June 2 – 12th phase of waxing
  • Anuradha – June 4 – full moon

None of the days on the list fall on bad lunar phases, so none of them have to be crossed off. 

So I can choose now between any of these dates with confidence that I have an astrologically lucky and fortunate date for my child to eat her first solid food – which will give her a good subtle mental impression about food and nutrition for the rest of her life.

How to choose between these? Well, this list has been made using the most essential and ancient techniques. There are many, many more techniques of Vedic and Indian electional astrology that we can use to differentiate the best of several good days. Considering all these, the 26th comes out to be the most auspicious of all these days for feeding my daughter her first “grains” (usually a soupy mash of rice).

Why the 26th?

It meets all the fundamental basic principles we explained here. The rest has to do with planetary positions in the signs and houses, and the more ancient principles of combinations (“yogas”) between various factors. This particular day has three good combinations!

Bye Bye!

I hope you can use the principles and the example to select auspicious dates for your own child’s first solid food! You may need help from me or some astrologer or reliable person who knows how to calculate these lunar calendars for you. You can apply essentially the same type of technique for getting the best days for all sorts of important events in your life.


Vic DiCara