The Heart-Mind Connection: Seeking Coherence

By Ghanshyam Singh Birla, Vedic Palmist-Astrologer

 

One of the biggest challenges we face when trying to find, create and hold on to love is making sense of the mixed messages we send ourselves when our head and heart aren’t in sync. How do we decide who’s the boss? Do we listen to what our heart is telling us to do, or to what our head is telling us to do?

It’s probably easy for you to think of an occasion when you, or someone you know, has been unable to figure out which signals to follow. For example, should you follow your heart and become an artist because you passionately love to paint, or take the high-paying corporate job because it offers security, even though you know you’ll hate it and it will probably make you miserable? Do you marry the person who is a real sweetheart and who’ll definitely be a good parent and faithful partner, or do you run off with the other person because they make your blood race and your heart pound, even though your mind is warning you to stay away?

These kinds of wrenching personal dilemmas all stem from a lack of heart-mind coherence and are, sadly, as commonplace as they are painful. When our heart and head are in sync, when we have coherence of heart and mind, we will tap into the very power that created and drives the universe—a power that the ancient sages of India called Sat, that physicists call The Field and that I refer to simply as the Power of Love.

If we want to see how well we are doing at balancing our heart and head energies, and determine our level of heart-mind coherence, all we have to do is inspect the quality of the heart and head lines to see if they are balanced.

Honestly, in my 50 years as a Vedic palmist, the most common attribute shared by my clients who are having difficulty finding love, happiness and joy is an imbalance in their heart and head lines. Sometimes the problem is with the head line, sometimes with the heart line, often it is with both.

 

Case of Loretta

When our head line overpowers our heart line, our emotions can get shoved into a deep freeze, making our expression of love hard and brittle.

Loretta was a well-known and highly respected psychologist and marriage counselor. She’d written a bestselling book on developing successful relationships and was a frequent guest on radio and TV talk shows, where she offered advice to troubled couples. There was no doubt about it, Loretta was intellectually brilliant, possessed an extraordinary mind and had saved a lot of relationships . . . the problem was, she couldn’t save her own marriage or keep her family together.

Loretta came to see me at the insistence of her husband, who had long complained about how emotionally unavailable she was with him and their two school-aged daughters. But Loretta insisted she was doing her best.

“Hey, it’s true that I have a career and I’m busy, but I make sure I’m home for dinner every evening. I’m confused—I don’t know what they want from me.” Loretta reasoned with me during our consultation.

Unfortunately, Loretta’s head was not listening to her heart—her head line was out of balance with her heart line. She had no heart-mind coherence. In her handprints, we can see that her head line is nearly twice the length of her heart line. In other words, her head line is over powering her heart line, which shut down her heart center and created disharmony in her life. To remedy the problem, she had to grow her heart line by being more loving. And what better place to start practicing love than at home with your loved ones? Which is what I gently tried to persuade her to do.

“You have to get your head and heart communicating, Loretta.  Perhaps you could start with working on your intimacy issues with you husband by trying to be just a little more attentive to his concerns and needs,” I suggested. “And maybe make a conscious effort to be more emotionally present with your daughters . . .”

“Oh, there’s no need for any of that,” Loretta said, cutting me off. “My husband likes me just the way I am—he’s just going through a midlife crisis. He’ll buy a new sports car and snap right out of his funk. As far as the children are concerned . . . what kid doesn’t blame their mother for one thing or another? They have a good home, lots of friends and go to a good school. They know I love them, I’m sure they’ll grow up to be well-adjusted adults; they’ll be just fine.”

I could see that Loretta was not aware of the emotional toll her remoteness was taking on her loved ones—or herself. Before she left, I emphasized once again that she needed to listen to the whispers of her heart.

 

The Case of Claudia

When our heart line overpowers our head line, our reason and discernment get hijacked by our emotions, leading to behaviour that can be embarrassing, highly inappropriate, dangerous or downright disastrous. My client Claudia had the opposite problem of Loretta, but experienced very similar disharmonious results.

Claudia was a popular and effective guidance counsellor at a veterans’ hospital. Her passion and empathy enabled her to help many male and female soldiers returning from conflict zones successfully adjust to civilian life. She’d always managed to maintain a personal connection with her patients while keeping a professional distance. That is, until she fell in love with her patient Patrick. Claudia didn’t pursue him and dutifully kept her feelings to herself. But her intense emotional attraction to him eventually overpowered her reason. She convinced herself in the little things that he said and did that Patrick loved her as much as she loved him, that they shared a special and mutual bond.

Then one day she saw Patrick and another patient standing together, holding hands and kissing. Claudia was heartbroken and deeply angered at what she perceived to be a blatant, humiliating and unforgivable betrayal.

When Claudia came to see me, I explained to her that her anger had very little basis in reality, as she had never openly shared her feelings with Patrick. She told me, “I can’t help the way I feel. No matter how hard I try, I can’t overcome the rage or allow myself to forgive Patrick. She handed his case over to another counsellor and tried focusing all her energy on her other patients, but eventually she lost all enthusiasm for her work and took an extended leave from her job.

Her imbalanced heart line had skewed both her reason and objectivity, caused her great emotional suffering and negatively impacted her career. It took many months for me to convince Claudia that Patrick had actually done her a favor by opening her up to the potential to love and understanding that she needed to confront her lack of heart-mind coherence. She needed to improve her head line by becoming more objective, by trying to see a bigger picture. She needed to believe that if a feeling of love could be awoken once, as it had with Patrick, it could happen again in a more appropriate and mutual relationship, if she remained open to it.

There is now a significant body of scientific literature highlighting the importance of a healthy communication between our heart and brain. And new evidence continues to surface that confirms our happiness, as well as the length and quality of our lives, is directly influenced by our level of heart-mind coherence.

 

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Fire Ceremony (Haven)

By Ghanshyam Singh Birla

 

Havens are sacred fire ceremonies that have been practiced in the East for centuries. The intention of a haven is to provide us with a renewed sense of hope, purpose and happiness by burning away negative karma and connecting us to our spiritual self . . . our best self.

I am conducting the haven at this time because today is Akshaya Tritiya, which is  one of the most auspicious days of the year. Akshaya means never-ending prosperity, hope, joy and success. It is celebrated just once a year . . . when the two celestial luminaries, the Sun and Moon, are in their most exalted position of Aries and Taurus respectively. When we perform any healing ceremony on Akshaya Tritiya, it raises our vibrational energy. So, no matter when you happen to watch this video, those elevated healing vibrations will be reverberating both around you and within you.

Havens involve a mantra meditation. At the end of each mantra, a small offering is placed in the fire, such as a sacred herb or some ghee, while the word swahah is chanted.  Swahah means “so be it”; it a personal offering to the universe, an offering that includes a silent commitment that we endeavour to become the best we can be. When the offering is made, visualize that you are offering the herbs in the fire with your right hand while supporting your right elbow with your left hand. As you chant swahah, gently release the herbs into the fire with a sense of gratitude.

The ceremony begins with a prayer that is offered to the Divine to accept our offering and to overlook any mistakes we might make while pronouncing the mantra.

 

Forgiveness Prayer

Awahanam nay jaw naw mee

Nay jaw naw mee tawarchanam

Poojashchaiva nay jaw naw mee

Tataha kshama swa Mameshwara

 

Following the Forgiveness Prayer, I recite the Ganesha Prayer. Ganesha is the Lord of Wisdom and the Divine Sciences. This prayer, recited as a mantra,  promotes your personal healing and increase your intuitive abilities.

Throughout the haven, I chant a mantra to Lord Shiva called the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra. It is a very powerful mantra for raising our vibrational energy, warding off negativity and getting rid of unwanted karma. It is chanted in its original Sanskrit, India’s most ancient and sacred language.

 

Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

Aum Treeum Backum Yajaw Mahay

Soogum Din Pushtee Were Ta Nam

Urwa Rookum Eva Bantanan

Mrityor Moke Shiya Mamritat

 

If you are familiar with the Shiva mantra, please chant along with me. If not, just sit back, close your eyes and listen. In either case, chant swaha at the end of each mantra and visualize that you are placing the herbs into the fire when I do.

I chant the mantra 108 times. You will hear a bell ring at the end of a series of 36 mantras. It would be wonderful if you stay with us for the full 108 mantras. If you cannot watch the entire ceremony, it is best to end your recitation at a multiple of 9—such as at the end of the 9th, 18th or 36th recitation. Listening for the bell will help you in this regard.

But if at all possible, please stay until the end of the haven. Chanting or listening to all 108 mantras in one sitting will benefit you greatly.

We close the fire ceremony with the following short mantra:

 

Closing Mantra

Servam Way, Survam Guam, Swahah

 

Normally we end the meditation with a sweet. So, have a little rice pudding or a piece of chocolate standing by to treat yourself as a celebratory way to kick off a new beginning and a new you.

Thanks for being here and God bless you!

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Healing with The Heart

By Ghanshyam Singh Birla, Vedic Palmist-Astrologer

One of the greatest lessons Vedic Palmistry has taught me is that, no matter how old we are, it is never too late to fill our lives with love. The energy of love is the energy of Sat—it is eternal and omnipresent. Love brings us into this world, remains with us constantly during our lifetime and will carry us into the next life. There is never a time, from birth to death, when we are not surrounded by love.

But wait just a minute, you say! If love really is all around us, why can it be so hard to find? Well, because too often we can’t see what’s right in front of us. Our egos, desires, daily concerns, hardships, personal tragedies and imbalances in our energy can blind us to love’s constant presence, and it’s difficult to embrace what we cannot see. Sometimes, especially as we get a bit older, we may find ourselves regretting the times in our lives when we had the chance to express our love but didn’t or regret that we did not love as well as we might have. We may feel that love has passed us by, or that it’s too late for us to love. But I am here to tell you that love never passes us by—that it’s never too late to feel and express love! Even if it sometimes seems elusive, love is everywhere in our lives—just follow your heart line and you’ll find it waiting for you.

When we balance our heart line and open our heart center, we make the invisible visible . . . we become aware of the love that we might have missed due to our lack of mindfulness, sensitivity or receptivity—and we can pull that new understanding of love into our present life and let it guide us into the future. In this respect, the heart line is like a time machine—it can transport us between all the ages and stages of our life on an amazing journey of the heart. And Vedic Palmistry teaches how to navigate that machine.

 

A HIGHER LOVE

The heart line is located in the sattwa zone of the hand, which represents the most evolved aspects of our consciousness and is intimately related to our soul. Sattwa energy is our spiritual compass; it vibrates with a purified light that points us toward the Divine within. It is an energy that is timeless and, when balanced, frees us from the heavy, anchoring demands of daily survival. The heart line can lift us high above mundane concerns; it is shrouded in sattwa energy, which means it is designed to express the eternal, idealistic qualities of unconditional love. A healthy and balanced heart line tells us we are being guided by an enlightened consciousness, both in our life and in our loving relationships.

As it travels across the palm, the heart line is supported by the four mounts of the hand’s sattwa zones. Each of these mounts represents the attributes of a corresponding planet in Vedic Astrology, and each interacts with the heart line differently at different times in our lives.

Originating on the Mount of Jupiter, the heart line crosses the mounts of Saturn and Sun before terminating on the Mount of Mercury. The Mount of Jupiter represents our higher self, our enlightened, expansive nature, as well as our life’s purpose; Saturn represents our fortitude, discipline and dedication; Sun represents our love of life and personal magnetism, and Mercury represents our ability to communicate our creativity, ideas and concepts to the world.

Each of the four sattwa mounts infuse the heart line with their individual sattwic qualities, which include kindness, goodness, generosity, compassion and empathy—the cornerstones of unconditional love. It is these sattwa mount qualities that give the heart line its transcendent nature—the dynamic fuel that allows the heart line to transcend both the laws of time and gravity.

 

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Each episode is divided into three segments to provide you with all the information and inspiration you need to peacefully navigate these trying times confined to our homes and wondering what the future will bring.

The first segment: a detailed examination of the current position of the planets and how their energies are influencing our world and our lives at this very moment.

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The Heart Line: The Barometer of Our Loving Disposition

There is no greater source of energy than our heart and its capacity to love. The study of the heart line is our guide to understanding and developing this powerful force. Studying the heart line allows us to see how our feelings influence our personal happiness and the happiness and harmony of those around us. By understanding and monitoring the development of the heart line, we will learn about our personal approach to love, how we can grow and improve it, and how we can make it last.

The heart line gives us information about our temperament, as expressed through our feelings, moods, and emotional responses as well as our emotional stability. The heart line also indicates the degree to which we can absorb emotionally shocking experiences and psychological traumas, and our capacity to recover from them. Furthermore, the timing of significant events throughout our lives can be deduced from the heart line, including major and minor emotional influences—both positive and negative—and the relationships we may attract. In other words, the heart line can tell us who we choose to love, why we love them, and the impact that love has on our psyches.

On a spiritual level, the heart line indicates our willingness and our potential to sacrifice for someone else, or for a need or cause greater than our own. An open-heart center expands our self-awareness, which will foster and encourage the growth of our most noble attributes, such as sincerity, generosity, compassion, forgiveness and our ability to experience the joy and bliss associated with the expression of divine love.

When it comes to connecting with others, the heart line reflects our potential to develop and maintain successful, meaningful relationships. As connecting with our heart enables us to develop deep spiritual roots, a healthy and balanced heart line makes us self-sufficient emotionally. Our heart line can become a deep reservoir of emotional strength that allows us to shed our dependence on the whims, desires and expectations of others, our reliance on social status, and our psychological attachment to money or possessions. In developing the heart line and opening the heart center, we will also become more empathetic to the emotional needs and makeup of those around us, intuitively acquiring the social skills and personal wisdom needed to build interpersonal rapport and trust, manage relationships, and resolve or prevent conflict.

These truths are encapsulated in one of my favorite sayings of Mother Teresa, a beautiful saint that I had the great privilege and blessing to meet in Calcutta. Mother Teresa said, “It is not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.”

An open heart is reflected in our hand in the form of a long, deep, upwardly curving heart line. This is an ideal heart line—it is healthy and balanced. In Hindi, the heart line is referred to as hradaya rekha. The root word hra means “the potential to give and the capacity to receive”. When the heart line is balanced, healthy and functioning smoothly, our lives will reflect a spontaneous and continuous cycle of giving and receiving love in all its manifestations: physical, sexual, emotional, psychological and spiritual. According to Vedic Palmistry, the heart line is a gauge that measures our emotional and spiritual well-being.

When the heart center opens, we experience a personality transformation. When we reach this level of personal evolution, sharing our true feelings with the world and uniting, motivating and inspiring others will become a natural expression of our innate creative energy. We become capable of giving and receiving love purely, without expectation, qualification, demands or conditions.

Neuroscience and Palmistry

Neuroscience has proven that by changing our thoughts and attitudes we can physically change the neural pathways in our brain. By adjusting our thoughts, we can reprogram and fine-tune our own emotions in search of happier, more productive lives. Palmistry allows us to do exactly the same thing, but the real beauty of palmistry is that these changes are measurable and verifiable—when we change our thoughts and attitudes, the lines in our hand will change accordingly. We can actually see this change occur by taking our handprints at regular intervals.

By changing our thoughts and attitudes toward ourselves and others, we will change our heart line, open our heart center, and change our lives forever. In time, (in as little as 90 days) we can literally turn our love lives around by reprogramming our thoughts and feelings.

Inspirational speaker and author Dr. Joe Dispenza writes: “The subconscious accepts as true that what you feel as true, and because creation is the result of subconscious impressions, you, by your feeling, determine creation. By planting seeds you will see that in time they bear fruit. So just surrender. It has to sprout into your outer life. It is the law.”

So, we must ask ourselves, “What seeds do I want to plant? What kind of life do I want to grow? What attitudes and feelings are most important for me to develop in order to create the life I want?” We can answer these questions by learning about the purpose and function of our heart line. That is what we want to help you achieve with The 90-Day Heart Line Challenge.

 

The 90-Day Heart Line Challenge: Open Your Heart to Love, Joy and Happiness

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Open Your Heart to Joy, Love and Happiness

 

Introduction to The 90-Day Heart Line Challenge

The human heart is the greatest source of power in the universe. Not merely because this biological pump beating in the center of our chest keeps us alive, but because it is also the spiritual heart radiating at the center or our being—the one that fills our lives with meaning, purpose, beauty, grace, compassion and, above all else, love.

Throughout the ages few have escaped or been immune to the power of the heart; mothers and fathers, saints and poets, priests and priestesses, ardent lovers and starry-eyed teenagers have all, at one time or another, been captured and propelled by the heart’s irrepressible energy and humankind’s infinite capacity to feel and express love.

 

The Various Expressions of the Heart

No matter what shape or form it takes, our species is hardwired for love—we need to give it, and we crave to receive it. Love is an integral part of our being; it is not only the engine that drives humanity forward and ensures the survival of the human race, it is the force that pushes us to become ascendant, to move beyond our biological imperative, embrace our spiritual self and recognize that spirit in others.

Without love, we would face an existence bereft of joy: there would be no procreation and no great art; the beauty of a dewdrop on a blade of grass or the magnificence of a sunset would never stop us in our tracks. The laughter of a child would fail to delight us, we would never look upon the stars and wonder at the mysteries of creation, never seek to develop the noblest aspects of our nature, never make a sacrifice to benefit someone else, never feel the urge to be kind, never long for a lover’s gentle caress, the bliss of a beloved’s kiss or even find comfort in the affection and companionship of a cherished pet.

We came into this world with the capacity to love perfectly, but few of us become aware of that capacity until we feel the lack of love, or struggle with problems or tragedies in our relationships. When we love well and are well loved in return, our lives, no matter what difficulties we may face, seem full and we live in hope. Without love, or when our love is unhealthy, life can feel empty, agonizing and hopeless. As America’s most idolized sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe once famously sang in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, “When love goes wrong, nothing goes right.”

 

Learning to Love

In order for everything to “go right” in our lives, our hearts must evolve to such a degree that we move beyond our baser drives and the ego-centered impulses that anchor us to circumstance, such as fear, greed, anger and selfishness. This is not to say we need to be saints in order to love and be loved in the way we would like to be—far from it. But it does mean that, in order to experience pure, unconditional love, we must learn to love as purely and unconditionally as possible. That may sound like an unrealistically tall order, but it isn’t, not at all.

We are all born with the capacity to love perfectly, but life and ego often get in our way and trip us up. Fear, panic and loneliness can drive us to make poor choices, to start or stay in unhealthy relationships, to endure abuse and suffer indignities—and prevent us from opening our hearts to others. To find true love we must first be in touch with our true selves—we must get back to basics, to who we are at the basic core of our being, which is pure soul. How do we do that? Well, in the same way Michelangelo created his divine masterpiece, David, from an unattractive slab of rough marble. When asked how he did it, he replied that David had been in the rock all along, all he did was simply chisel away everything that was preventing the world from seeing David’s eternal, inspiring and divine beauty.

Our David, our own personal masterpiece, is our capacity to love fully and purely, which is hidden within us. That capacity is found in our heart center, which Eastern yogis refer to as our heart chakra, located in the upper region of the spine, between the shoulder blades and opposite the heart. Opening the heart chakra takes a bit of work. It is the primary and most important challenge we will encounter in The 90-Day Heart Line Challenge as it forces us to evolve as people, which can sometimes be painful because it means letting go of mindsets we have held onto for years because they have made us feel safe or comfortable, even if they have been bad for us. But when we take that daring step, when we dare to open our heart center and evolve in our capacity to love, we will tap into a power beyond our reckoning.

We will tap into the very power that created and drives the universe—a power that the ancient sages of India called Sat, that physicists call The Field and that I refer to simply as the Power of Love.

When accessing this universal power, which resides within the heart center of each and every one us, we will reap emotional riches and spiritual rewards that are truly unimaginable—we will gain the wisdom and inner strength to reshape our lives. They say that the truth will set you free, well, getting to know your true self, your true heart, will free you to experience love in all its glorious forms and in complete abundance.

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What’s Your Vedic Astrological Sign?

Is your newspaper horoscope often wrong? You may not be the sign you think you are!

Horoscopes in most North American newspapers are based on Western astrology, which calculates your Sun sign differently than Eastern (Vedic) astrology. That difference could mean that in Western astrology you are, for example, a Sagittarius, but in Vedic astrology you are actually a Scorpio—a difference that could have huge implications for both your horoscope and your life!

Why the difference in Sun signs between Western and Vedic astrology? Well, it’s very long and a very old story but, in a nutshell, it has to do with the fact that the Earth wobbles on its axis. Two thousand years ago there was no difference: In Roman times, astrologers all over the world decided that Aries would be considered the first sign of the Zodiac and everyone agreed as to the position of the 12 constellations (astrological signs 30 degrees each) comprising the 360-degree Zodiac belt.

However, over the past 2,000 years the wobble of the Earth has changed our planet’s position by approximately 22 to 24 degrees* . . . which represents almost an entire sign of the Zodiac! Vedic astrology uses mathematical calculations to adjust for this change, which accounts for the discrepancy between Western and Vedic Sun signs and planetary positions. So, now you know why you may not be the sign you think you are, and how a little wobble can make a world of difference in your life and in determining your Sun sign! We’re not saying that one system is better than the other, but it certainly helps explain why the things your newspaper horoscope says about you doesn’t always add up!

The following chart shows the approximate dates for the Vedic Sun signs as of 2020-2021. To know for sure your Vedic Sun sign, especially if your birthday falls at the border of a sign, it would be preferable to have your natal chart drawn up based on your exact date, time and place of birth.

2020
Pisces:            March 12th - April 12th
Aries:              April 12th - May 12th
Taurus:           May 12th - June 13th
Gemini:          June 13th - July 14th
Cancer:           July 14th - August 15th
Leo:                 August 15th - September 15th
Virgo:              September 15th - October 15th
Libra:              October 15th - November 14th
Scorpio           November 14th - December 14th

2020/21
Sagittarius:    December 14th, 2020 - January 12th, 2021
Capricorn:     January 12th - February 11th
Aquarius        February 11th - March 13th
Pisces:            March 13th - April 12th

* We go by the calculations referred to as ayanamsha of Sri Yukteswar with an approximate 23-degree difference.

 

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A Major Cosmic Shift: Pluto Enters Capricorn

Ready or not, it is out with the old and in with the new. On January 13th, 2020, Pluto ended its long sojourn in the sign of Sagittarius that began December 2004, and moved into Capricorn, where it will reside until the year 2038.

We will all be impacted by the energy of this major transition for years to come as we all have Pluto transiting the sign Capricorn somewhere in our birth chart. Pluto is a prime mover when it comes to worldwide and individual transformation, so have no doubt, this is not a transition any of us can afford to take lightly; it has the potential to turn our world upside-down and inside-out, shake us to the very core of our being and permanently alter our lives. It’s been nearly two-and-a-half centuries since Pluto has been in Capricorn, a period marked by the advent of individual rights and freedoms, global social change and widespread political unrest. So, fasten your seat belts, the years ahead are sure to be exciting and more than a little bit bumpy!

Even though modern astronomers stripped Pluto of full planetary status in 2006 and demoted it to the category of mere “dwarf planet”, this distant celestial body in the outer solar system remains an astrological giant. Pluto is a force we all must reckon with in our lives and in our charts—we ignore it at our peril. Indeed, some Vedic astrologers liken Pluto to the mighty Lord Shiva, the ultra-powerful Hindu god who wields the power of both Creation and Destruction over everything that exists in the Cosmos. In astrology, Pluto and Mars are co-rulers of Scorpio, the sign of transformation. Mars, the God of War, expresses its energy in a warrior-like fashion. Pluto expresses the same energy on an atomic level. When Pluto impacts your astrological chart, you are going to radically revise the way you look at yourself and your lifestyle.

Pluto compels us to take a look at our life. If there are skeletons in our closet or hidden desires locked in our heart, Pluto won’t hesitate to kick down the door, forcing us to acknowledge and deal with them. This includes matters we’ve been hiding both from ourselves and from others, regardless of when they occurred—deeply buried childhood traumas, current issues arising from our recent past or even unresolved issues that have followed us from past lifetimes . . . all will be revealed. If we resist Pluto and choose to avoid the truth it shows us, it will be very difficult for us to move forward in any direction either intellectually, emotionally, professionally or spiritually. However, if we choose to adapt to what Pluto teaches us and ride the waves of change, we will make enormous evolutionary strides in our outlook, lifestyle, relationships and careers that bring us great joy and contentment. Indeed, we can use the energy of Pluto to demolish old structured ways of being that no longer work for us, dump excess emotional baggage and rid ourselves of persistent bad habits and negative thinking. Doing so will free us to grow as individuals, explore new possibilities and expand our horizons . . . in other words, to completely recreate ourselves and our lives.

Perhaps more than any other planet in the zodiac, Pluto ushers us toward self-awareness, a prerequisite for our evolutionary development. This Plutonian process of self-discovery can be painful and even volatile, but it is necessary if we are to embrace a new and better life—the way a cataclysmic forest fire destroys towering, deep-rooted trees that block out sunlight, making it possible for beautiful wildflowers to spring from the ashes and carpet the woodland floor. So, while Pluto may dismantle our lives, it gives us the wisdom, self-knowledge and opportunity to build a happier and more enlightened existence from the ruins.

But don’t think that Pluto is restricted to the affairs of individual human beings—its reach extends to humankind on a multi-generational scale. It takes Pluto 248 years to complete a single orbit around the sun, which is the reason it spends many years residing in each astrological sign and each house in our natal chart. Global upheaval and transformation often accompany a major Pluto transition, such as the fall of the Roman Empire, the dawning of the Renaissance and the onset of the American Revolution. This is why Pluto transiting into Capricorn is such a big deal.

Capricorn is a solid earth sign; it relates to self-discipline, direction and focus. Furthermore, Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, the planet of responsibility and wisdom whose role is to teach us how to build a sturdy foundation upon which to live a successful and meaningful life. The sign of Capricorn also pertains to karma, which implies a desire for freedom to rule one’s own destiny over many lifetimes. So, with Pluto now in Capricorn, the curtain is being pulled back to reveal the cracks and flaws in our foundation. No doubt, those flaws will become so obvious to us (be it in our social structures, political systems or personal lives) that we will be driven to make some huge and immediate changes. And as Capricorn is related to the passage of time, during this transit we will all become more acutely aware of how short (and precious) life is and feel a growing urge to make the most of it.

To determine which areas of our lives will be most affected by this transition, we must ascertain how Pluto is interacting with the other planets in our natal chart, and which of our 12 astrological houses it will occupy. For example, if Pluto transits our First House, over the coming years we will likely undergo significant transformation in First House issues, such as our self-image—both in the way we view ourselves and how we project ourselves to the world around us. It is likely we will have to make some big adjustments in our lifestyle and attitudes to facilitate these changes. If Pluto transits our Fifth House, which pertains to love, children, creativity and matters of the heart, we should be prepared for a transformation in our relationship status.

No matter how you cut it—this transit will change our lives. So why not find out where Pluto will be in your chart by booking a consultation with us right now? We are here to help! Don’t let the positive energy of Pluto in Capricorn pass you by—we will show you how to make the most of this incredibly powerful and transformative cosmic event.

 

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The Year Ahead: Connecting to Our Heart in 2020

By Vedic palmist-astrologer Ghanshyam Singh Birla

To help make the best of this year, I would like to share with you the birth chart of 2020. I will show you from an astrological perspective the theme of the year and what is the key to making this year the most happy and productive.

At midnight on January 1st, Virgo was rising. This is auspicious as it relates to Mercury, the messenger of the gods bringing words of wisdom to humanity. In a birth chart, the ascendant is key because it shows why we have taken birth at that particular time. In the birth chart of 2020, the ascendant shows us the focus and theme of the year. Mercury, the lord of the ascendant in this year’s chart, is sitting in the sign of Sagittarius in the 4th house, which is the house of Mom, home, homeland . . .  Ideally, it is where your heart finds peace, comfort and contentment.

The thing is, in addition to Mercury, the 4th house is packed with many planetary energies – Jupiter, Ketu, Sun, Saturn and Pluto, the god of transformation. Due to the very intense and demanding grouping of all the planets, this crowded house could lead to feelings of discomfort instead of the comfort promised by the 4th house.

And because each planet in the 4th house is associated with other house(s) in the chart, those areas could be a contributing factor to the discomfort we feel. For example, in the 2020 chart we find: Gemini in the 10th house, which is related to our work; Capricorn in the 5th related to our creativity and children; Aquarius in the 6th related to feelings of stress; and Pisces in the 7th related to the needs of our partners and colleagues. In short, the affairs of 7 out of the 12 houses in the chart are impacting the 4th house. If we are not mindful of what is happening with our 4th house, all that activity could easily disturb our feelings of comfort and peace.

So, how can we sail smoothly through this year? How do we bring comfort to our 4th house of home and happiness when it is being bombarded by so many demands? The key is the 7th house. Why? Because in the 2020 birth chart, Pisces is in the 7th house with its great friend and benefic ruler, Jupiter, sitting in the 4th house.

As mentioned, the 7th house relates to all our partnerships, including our spouse and colleagues. The placement of Pisces in the 7th house, with its benefic ruler, Jupiter, sitting in the 4th house, could potentially bring a lot of satisfaction. But with all the intense planets surrounding Jupiter, our partnerships could be drawn into the fray and blamed for our discontent.

So, what is the key to staying peaceful and happy throughout the coming year? By using the 7th house to connect with our Purush—our higher, most spiritual self! In addition to our partnerships, the 7th house corresponds to the subconscious—the 90 percent of our consciousness hidden below the surface. In Indian tradition, the 7th house is the house of our “jinn” or genie—our real self, and the relationships we attract that are intended to help us discover this integral part of ourselves. We can tap into this unseen aspect of our being by connecting to our heart with tools of inner exploration, such as meditation, self-reflection, prayer, yoga, tai chi, martial arts, and by finding our passion and devoting ourselves to it wholeheartedly. In doing so, we will soften our expectations that others be the source of our comfort. Finding an inner spiritual anchor can "take the heat off" our loved ones, and help us become a source of stability and inspiration to ourselves, those we love and everyone around us.

If we use the energy of our 7th house to stabilize our 4th house, we can create a heaven on Earth that will begin within our own heart and radiate outward to encompass our home, our friends, our work place, our colleagues and even strangers we meet on the street. It is a sure way to make 2020 a wonderfully happy and inspiring year for ourselves and those we love, and to ensure we do our bit to make the world a better place. And fortunately, we have the support of Mars, the noble warrior, placed in the powerful sign of Scorpio, in the 3rd house of courage. Consequently, we have the force within us to support all our worthy intentions.

To sum up, the theme and focus of 2020 is finding a sense of peace and inner comfort. This can be done by melting our heart and remaining emotionally stable through steady feelings of love, no matter what is happening around us. This will bring an immense sense of comfort not only to ourselves, but our friends, family, and colleagues alike.

Just a reminder, the birth chart for 2020 reflects the general theme of the year. Reviewing your own natal chart will reveal any personal obstacles you might encounter while dealing with the year’s theme. As always, the team and I will be here throughout the year to help you in any way we can!

Wishing you a very happy, peaceful and prosperous 2020, and may God bless you!

To get more insights about 2020, watch Ghanshyam’s analysis of the New Year’s chart on our YouTube Channel.

The Moon (Chandra) in Vedic Astrology

Excerpt from the textbook Introduction to Vedic Astrology by Ghanshyam Singh Birla

Of all the celestial bodies, Jyotish, Vedic astrology, places emphasis on the Moon, which takes only 28 days (approximately) to revolve around the Earth, consequently, making us most susceptible to its influence.

The Moon relates symbolically to the ‘mother’, the feminine principle in the universe. Just as the physical Moon in the sky reflects the light of the Sun, rather than being a source of light itself, likewise its astral vibrations relate to how a person receives and reflects the various energies in his or her environment. A balanced placement of Moon in the chart shows that the person is able to receive and reflect a clear image of the world.

The Moon influence corresponds to how we apply our five senses, so as to receive either an accurate or a distorted impression of what is happening around us. Its energy is one of the trickiest to handle, precisely because our perceptions are so crucial, yet so vulnerable to distortion.

The Moon is closely connected with the collective unconscious. Its placement gives us valuable clues about our own personality, and especially our unconscious self. It relates also to our feelings and sensitivities. Our home, our ancestors, and our personal memory all reflect in this energy as well.

In its positive expression, lunar (Moon) traits include protectiveness, tenderheartedness, creativity, adaptability, patience, receptivity, tenacity, excellent memory and business acumen.

If the chart placement indicates affliction, then the Moon will show its other face. Here we see moodiness, changeability, emotional instability, proneness to worry, narrow-mindedness, gullibility, unreliability, poor reasoning and lack of forgiveness.

 

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February’s Super Full Moon in Leo

The full moon of February 19th peaks at 10:53 A.M. EST, but will appear full right through the evening.

It is also happens to be a Supermoon! According to NASA, Supermoons occur when the full moon is at its closest point to the Earth. This particular full moon will be the nearest, largest, and brightest full Moon of the year!

The full moon is a great gauge of our emotional energy. Our passions and feelings run very deep during a full moon, but are extra-charged whenever the full moon in Leo, which it is right now. It’s good to be aware of this fact because we may find our emotions being pulled in opposite directions. Moon in Leo tugs our feelings towards our personal needs, however, with the Sun being in Aquarius we are being pushed to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of our professional life.

So, today, make sure you maintain equilibrium between these two important areas of your life—the personal and professional. This doesn’t mean to hold back, you should fully express your enthusiasm and passion in both your work and in your relationships.

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