Why are planets beyond Saturn not represented in
It is anybody’s guess. Whether these outer planets were not discovered
or their effects have been incorporated through use of sub planets in
Vedic Astrology, could be the possible reasons for them not represented
in the Navagraha.
There seems to be proof that the ancient Vedic Astrologers were aware of
these planets. Some authors claim that the sage Ved Vyasa was aware of
the planets beyond Saturn and had given the positions of the
planets at the time of Mahabharata. He had also given the position of
some planets that are yet to be discovered. The positions that he had
given at the time of Mahabharata, were found to be that of Uranus and
Neptune, if we were to work their position backwards from now.
The level of
research is low in this area and it is a potential area to be researched
However, there is
one more important aspect of this discussion. The grahas are not the
same as planets. A graha is that which “pulls or seizes” under its
control. It is possible that the outer planets were found not to exert
the kind of seizure as the planets till Saturn did and therefore, they
suggests that the so called Uranus's nature is already incorporated, as
the results of Rahu are very similar to it. Similarly, Ketu looks
similar to Neptune's nature.
Only the grahas have a role in the Dasha system. Even an attempt to
tamper with the dashas by including anything new will lead to a
breakdown of the system of Vedic astrology.