By Ghanshyam Singh Birla, Vedic Palmist-Astrologer

 

To help you better navigate the year ahead, Ghanshyam has drawn up a chart for the New Year trends that forecast what we can expect in 2023. So, let’s take a look at what 2023 has in store for us astrologically.

 

 

Astrologically speaking, as many of you are aware, when you have a reading, we draw up a hora chart. According to Indian astrology, a horoscope is prepared at the time of your consultation because depending on the time and the positioning of planets, each hour is of utmost importance giving information on which planets are working in our favor and which ones are detrimental. The word ‘Hora’ translates into ‘Hour’ which signifies the prominence of each hour. Consequently, we’ve drawn up a Hora Chart to pinpoint the placement of the planets at the stroke of midnight on January 1st. This special chart reveals a wealth of information about what to expect in 2023 and provides us with insights into its themes and trends.

In the chart of 2023, we see the sign Virgo in the 1st house. This is considered auspicious as its ruler, Mercury, provides us with knowledge and intelligence. What’s more Mercury is placed in the 5th house related to our intellect, love, creativity and children. Mercury is in the sign of a good friend, Capricorn, which awakens our creativity to express in any form that inspires us—creating children, books or art out of love and giving a sense of pleasure.

 

Need for Greater Discernment

Even though having Mercury in the 5th house stirs our heart to express and share our joy, Mercury is not alone in the house as it is sitting with three other planets: Venus, Saturn and Pluto. This has a mixed effect on Mercury as the combined planetary energies of this configuration can compromise our discernment, both personally and on the world stage. Consequently, there could be a lack of cooperation, slowing down progress in efforts to solve such pressing global issues as climate change, nuclear proliferation, poverty and hunger.

The 5th house representing the mind shows that all of us—from the working person to world leaders—are contemplating finding solutions. We want to rehabilitate our systems of governance by developing greater integrity, getting rid of corruption and finding methods to extend help to all members of society. And with regards to our personal outlook, Mercury in the 5th house shows a greater care and concern to share our love and empathy on a deeper level.

However, having Pluto in the 5th house is likely to disrupt that process by initiating major global changes. Pluto is similar to the Hindu god Shiva, the creator and destroyer breaking down structures then creating new ones in their place. Having Pluto sitting side-by-side with Mercury, Venus and Saturn in the same house can create political upheaval as well as cultural and social conflict. The general unrest will prompt international groups, corporations and entire nations to form new alliances, first as a matter of protection and self-preservation, and then later as means of self-enrichment. Indeed, greed is still an issue for the foreseeable future.

Sadly, it appears the current tensions engulfing our planet will not be resolved in 2023. In fact, indications are that peaceful days will elude us for another 10 to 15 years due to utter suffering being caused by war, lack of food, air pollution, contaminated water, emerging viruses, homelessness, etc. Meanwhile, Mother Nature will continue to revolt with weather systems becoming more violent and unpredictable as temperatures keep rising along with ocean levels—all of which will add to the already overwhelming refugee crisis.

 

Acts of Kindness

Although we may feel safe far away from conflict zones and displaced person’s camps, we are not immune to the fear, stress and anxiety being generated by the unstable global situation. This can create a sense of frustration in us because, as mentioned, there are a lot of good things happening in the 5th house that are urging us to spread kindness and love through our creativity, ideas and actions. Even the smallest act of kindness or selflessness can have a major impact on someone’s life and our simple gesture nudges us closer to a more peaceful, tolerant and caring world.

Hopefully people will use this time to focus on the positive aspects of the 5th house and engage in self-understanding practices, such as yoga and meditation, that heighten and enlighten our awareness. Indeed, self-reflection, the peaceful exchange of ideas and a shared desire for the common good will inspire people around the world to think more objectively and work together to help humanity. Greater awareness will allow us to set aside our differences and co-create policies and methodologies to eliminate the need for conflict, restore peace to the world and reduce all human suffering.

A positive aspect of 2023’s chart is the fact that Sun is in Sagittarius in the 4th house. The 4th house represents our deep comfort zone and is associated with the warmth of home, our mother and our native land. The 4th house provides us with a feeling of security and a deep sense of happiness that makes us want to stay in one place and put down roots—a desire that is intensified with the presence of Sun in Sagittarius. However, because the Sun is related to the sign Leo in the 12th house (the house of loss), there may be a struggle to maintain a sense of equilibrium due to an unsettled heart.

The Moon, relating to our perception and emotions, is in the sign Aries in the 8th house along with Rahu and Uranus. This suggests that throughout 2023 many countries will make unsuccessful efforts to restore peace, safety and security to the world. Rahu in Aries will keep offering advice and recommendations for ending strife and conflict that could end up being both divisive and fruitless.

Luckily, Scorpio is the natural sign of the 8th house, reflecting the cycles of death and rebirth. It is associated with the underground, and all that is not immediately apparent to the physical eye. This includes the physical world of hidden treasure; for example, the ability to discover ancient artefacts, precious gems, and so on. Scorpio and the 8th house also relate to the metaphysical underworld, the world of our psyche (psychotherapy and metaphysical sciences such as astrology and palmistry) and our infinite soul. Having the Moon placed in the 8th house in the 2023 Hora indicates a willingness to search for the truth no matter how painful the process, which will help us in our personal growth and spiritual transformation.

Indeed, we will gain the greatest planetary benefits in 2023 if we focus on the energies of the Moon as it has a relation with its sign Cancer placed in the 11th house associated with gains of all kinds. Doing so will deepen our consciousness and help us discover the greatest hidden treasure of all—our soul. In fact, the Hora strongly suggests we will be successful in this effort because Mars, the ruler of the 8th house, is sitting in the 9th house—the house of good karma, morality and spiritual values. Additionally, Mars is aspecting its own sign of Scorpio in the 3rd house of bravery. This tells us that, despite the chaos of the outside world, if we set our mind to raising our consciousness, we can bring greater peace and understanding into the world—rest assured, we can do it!

 

Jupiter on Our Side

The best part of the New Year chart is having Jupiter in the 7th house, relating to our subconscious, the unseen 9/10th of an iceberg, our “better half” and our feelings toward our colleagues. Jupiter is the planet of spirituality, heightened awareness and wisdom. Being the largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter is known for its ability to expand our minds, hearts, and souls. It is a teacher, eager to open us up to the endless opportunities in our lives and all possibilities our world has to offer us. Jupiter is all about reaching further and going beyond our boundaries.

What’s more, in the 2023 chart, Jupiter is in its own sign of Pisces, bringing out the best that Jupiter has to offer. It blesses us with an intuitive understanding of the spiritual dimension of life, helping us realize that human life is a precious gift given to us to fulfill an ennobling purpose. Ultimately, the mystical nature of Pisces may result in a state of joy, including a love for the divine within and for all humanity. Pisces relates to the potential of seeing the sacred in everything and, consequently, becoming the sign of the healer.

Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac and therefore represents boundlessness. Jupiter’s presence in Pisces helps to magnify this expansive way of living, helping us experience a depth of thought, emotion and understanding we otherwise would never «have dreamed possible. Further, Jupiter in Pisces in the 7th house relating to our subconscious reveals we all want peace. We are tired of facing insecurity and uncertainty, and are longing for a lifestyle that reflects more tranquillity free from any agitation, disputes and turmoil. Well, with 2023’s auspicious Jupiter-Pisces connection, we might just get it! How?

Jupiter in Pisces in the 7th house enriches everything it touches due to its positive attitude and commitment to goodness. Hence, we should do our best to embrace those qualities especially since Jupiter is also aspecting an exalted Cancer in the gains house. So, if our mind is open and our attitude is good, all kinds of success are awaiting us in the coming year. Nevertheless, we must remain strong and centered in ourselves—it is important not to dwell on any negativity or criticism and to maintain a unified feeling with others because, as the saying goes, “divided we fall”.

One challenge to maintaining our peace of mind is Jupiter’s placement with Neptune in the 7th house. Neptune has a duel nature; it is the planet of inspiration but also the planet of illusion and confusion. Nevertheless, it will support Jupiter as long as we follow our heart and listen to our intuition. Indeed, we will get ourselves into trouble if we fail to attune to the whispers of our intuition and instead use our mind to justify the reasons for the actions we take in order to get what we want. Consequently, we have to monitor our attitude and try to remain as objective and honest with ourselves regarding our motivations.

 

How To Benefit From The New Year's Chart

Even though the sign Cancer in the 11th house is exalted (at its strongest) by Jupiter’s aspect, it is also being bombarded by all the planets opposing it in the 5th house—Saturn, Pluto, Venus and Mercury—and not one of those planets is a friend of Cancer. In many ways, this scenario will make our journey through 2023 a bit like walking along a razor’s edge to ensure the goodness of Jupiter prevails and not the temptations, desires and tests coming from the opposing planets. Hence, we must make a conscious effort to follow the path set out for us by Jupiter in Pisces. How can we do this? By embracing the qualities of empathy, kindness and consideration for others. Boosting Jupiter qualities is of utmost importance as Jupiter, in the chart of 2023, is the only planet that can bring out the best of the 11th house, including prosperity and the fulfillment of our aspirations and desires.

Also, we must look to the 5th house—the house of the mind—and channel its creativity to deepen our understanding of the human condition; we must strive to love everyone in our lives, care for our children, protect the vulnerable and express kindness in our words and deeds. By practicing meditation, mantra recitation and pranayama on a regular basis, we will open our spiritual core and radiate peace.

As everyone is aware, all things in life must pass; neither the good nor the bad times last forever—they are evolutionary cycles our consciousness experiences on our journey through existence. As long as we are committed to wisdom, love and peace, our heart will remain settled in joy no matter what 2023 brings our way. Let’s make an effort to meditate together and wish eternal peace, happiness and joy to the world and one another.

 

God Bless you all!

 

Ghanshyam Singh Birla

By Guylaine Vallée, Vedic Palmist-Astrologer

 

Few astronomical phenomena are as impressive as an eclipse. Eclipses can be very potent symbols of world events and astrologers have always placed great meaning upon them. And in the next few weeks, we will witness a few eclipses.


October 25th: Solar Eclipse

A partial solar eclipse begins Tuesday, October 25th at 4:58 am and ends at 9:02 am EST. The maximum eclipse will be at 7:00 am. Rahu and Ketu are the lunar nodes, which are the points where the moon's path in the sky crosses the sun's path, or ecliptic. Solar eclipses occur when the passage of the Moon through a node coincides with the new moon. In this case, the Sun and Moon are in Libra close to the South Node and the North Node is in Aries.


November 8th: Lunar Eclipse

A total lunar eclipse begins Tuesday, November 8th at 3:02 am and ends at 6:59 am, EST. The maximum eclipse will be at 5:59 am. The lunar eclipse occurs with the opposition of the Sun and Moon. In this case, the Sun is in Libra close to the North Node and the Moon (full Moon) in Aries is close to the South Node.


In Vedic astrology, eclipses are regarded as powerful (often tumultuous or even earth-shattering) portents of both personal and world events. The light of the luminaries—the Sun and Moon—is obscured, potentially casting shadows across our awareness. The truth, according to Vedic Astrology, is that the day of an eclipse or the few days surrounding it are not a good time to begin or end things, make important decisions or sign contracts. In fact, the same goes for the 2-week period that separates the solar and lunar eclipses. This is because auspicious beginnings are blessed with light, ideally the light of a healthy, full moon and the daytime sun. We can’t stress it enough, with Rahu and Ketu gobbling up this light, we need to use our discernment wisely.

As the Moon relates to our mind and emotion, during an eclipse, don’t let any unsettling emotions disturb your peace. Ketu, the Moon’s South node, relating to past karma, forces us to take stock of any emotional issues that took place during the last six months. Rahu, the Moon’s North node, relating to the present, can create undue attachments and obsessions. So, this period can be used as a time of reflection to resolve and reset our emotions and move towards the future with a more spiritual understanding of where we have been and where we would like to go.

During these eclipses, it is best to remain peaceful and objective, and not let any emotions overshadow our good judgment. We would be well-served by taking some quiet time to tune in and pay heed to the “small still voice within”—to follow the wisdom of our heart. Make sure, due to the obstruction of the light of the two powerful luminaries that we use our discernment wisely; otherwise, we can affect the happiness of those close to us.

Consequently, it was always considered that during an eclipse, it is a great time to stay in, meditate and be reflective. It is especially effective for introspection and connecting with the Spirit within you.

And, as eclipses temporarily block the light of the luminaries, it is an ideal time to connect with our inner light through self-reflection, contemplation, mantra and meditation. We recommend reciting the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra, the mantra of Shiva, during an eclipse. This mantra helps release our consciousness from limiting patterns of negative thought and behavior; it opens us to deeper insight, gives us a greater freedom of self-expression and instills within us the strength needed to meet a specific challenge, attain a desired goal or overcome blockages interfering with our well-being.

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By Guylaine Vallée, Vedic Palmist-Astrologer

Each one of us longs for deep and meaningful relationships. In a lifetime, we have numerous opportunities to experience a union of souls: between business associates, friends, a parent and child, a husband and wife, a teacher and student, a guru and disciple.

Often we find ourselves repeating negative patterns of behavior. We may be drawn to people that bring us unhappiness; we may be dissatisfied with our jobs; or we may persist in unproductive ways of thinking that create pessimism and negativity. We want things to change, but don’t know what to do. Sometimes, we tell ourselves that we are just unlucky. We may even blame other people or life itself for our misfortune. In our pain, we may ask, “Why is this happening to me?”

We are told by the sages of old that happiness lies within ourselves and our sense of fortune or misfortune all starts with our perception

A great area of the hand you can check for perception and to see how objective you are in your daily life, particularly in your dealings with people, is the Mount of Moon. This zone signifies the degree to which we receive an accurate or distorted impression of what is happening around us. It is thus an indicator of our ability to perceive ourselves, and the world around us, in an objective manner. It is extremely important, as our perceptions are the foundation for our actions. Also, the Moon is the mount we check for signs of optimism, depression, gratitude, sadness, trust or paranoia.

A calm, balanced Mount of Moon is pink in color and ideally has a strong line of destiny originating on it. Preferably, there are not too many horizontal bars crossing the mount. Ideally, it is balanced with its neighboring Mount of Venus, thereby indicating steadiness, depth of character and an ability to make a commitment.

Red Luna

If you often feel anxious, apprehensive and insecure or if you are excitable and impulsive in your judging events, check the Mount of Moon in both your hands. If your Moon is red compared to the rest of your hand, has horizontal lines or if you see a whirlpool pattern in the fine ridges of your mount, it shows that you are vulnerable and can easily be affected by your immediate circumstances. Handprints can even give a clearer picture of that area in your hand.

By remaining inwardly calm, centered, and objective, we can deal better with changing events in our lives and our emotional reactions to them. We often hear it said that the only certainty in life is change. But although we may see ourselves as having little or no control over the changing events of our lives, we can control our perception of these events and consequently our reaction to change. Once we refuse to be at the mercy of our sensory impressions and our emotional responses to them, we can attract and maintain a happy, healthy and long-term relationship.

As Winston Churchill said, “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” A great way to develop a good Moon is to remain positive. We’ve found one of the easiest and most effective ways to transform inner turmoil into creativity and joy is ensuring our Mount of Moon is strong and balanced. Indeed, the condition our Luna is in can make our life a heaven or a hell. So, we better make sure we are using our Moon energy properly—our success and happiness depend on it!

Join astro-palmist Guylaine Vallée this fall as she guides you through her brand new, life-transforming course: Luna and The Power of Perception. This life-changing program teaches you everything you need to know about creating peace of mind, focusing your creative energies positively, using your imagination to create health and happiness, and to express your feelings freely from the heart.

 

By Vedic Astro-Palmist Ghanshyam Singh Birla

 

Dannion Brinkley had to die to become fully alive.

Without a doubt, Dannion remains one of the most fascinating clients I’ve ever had. I will never forget our first meeting, when this big bear of man appeared in my office and loomed over me. I didn’t know whether to get up to shake his hand or run for the door. I decided to shake his hand, but he wasn’t interested in so formal a greeting. Instead, he wrapped his brawny arms around me, lifted me off my feet and gave be a big hug that radiated with genuine warmth and affection. “It’s great to meet you darlin’,“ he boomed in a lilting, South Carolina drawl. We sat down and I began to examine his palms, but before I could say a word, he took my hands in his and said, “Before we get started, let me tell you my story.”

I soon discovered that Dannion had not always been so warm and affectionate. “As a kid, I was mean and vicious,” he told me.  “I was a big guy and loved to throw my weight around. I was king of the bullies. What I loved doing most was beating up people as badly as possible, and I beat up hundreds. I’d rather punch someone in the face than say hello to them . . . I was filled with hatred and rage, I had a massive ego and a violent streak a mile wide, and I was proud of it.”

After high school Dannion found a perfect outlet for his aggressive nature—he joined the Marines, where, as he put it, he was trained to be a cold and calculating killing machine. He excelled at his training and was recruited into an elite squad assigned to assassinate enemy politicians and military leaders. “That line of work suited me perfectly,” he said. “It was my dream job, I thought I’d found what I was born to do.”

But killing wasn’t what Dannion was born to do, which he learned after receiving a dramatic wakeup call from the Cosmos.

Dannion’s life changed forever in 1975, when, at age 25, he was chatting with a friend on the telephone during a thunder storm. Lightening hit the outside phone line, travelled to the receiver Dannion had pressed against his ear, zapped him in the head and then shot through his body with such force and energy it melted the metal nails of his army boots. The jolt threw him across the room. The next thing he knew he was floating below the ceiling, looking down at his wife as she frantically pounded on his lifeless chest trying to get him to breathe. A paramedic appeared beside her and pronounced Dannion dead. He was rushed to the hospital, but the doctors could not revive him.

In his bestselling New York Times book, Saved by the Light, (and the movie based on the book) Dannion describes what happened next. After leaving his physical body he entered into a spiritual realm, travelling upward through the “tunnel of light” that has been described by so many who have undergone near-death experiences (NDEs).

“The further I travelled toward the light, the more I felt I was being embraced by a being of all-encompassing love. It was more than the love we get from a wife or parent—it was like a granddaddy’s love . . . no demands or expectations, just pure, unequivocal and unconditional love.”

Dannion described incredible encounters with beings of light, and the psychic visions he received. But for me, the most poignant part of his story was about his life flashing before his eyes. “It was horrifying and excruciating. I encountered every person I had ever hurt—I felt the agony and humiliation I inflicted on them. And I experienced the suffering and confusion of the people I killed, and the pain and grief their relatives were forced to live with for years. The being of light that engulfed me was all love; there was no recrimination or judgement of my actions—but seeing what I had done, I was forced to judge myself. I realized what a selfish, self-centered, cruel and destructive man I had been, how I had squandered my opportunity to do good and bring joy into the world . . . how I had wasted my life. It was not a pretty picture—the shame and guilt was mentally and physically unbearable, like being set on fire and drinking battery acid simultaneously. “

When the review of his life ended, the loving being that was embracing Dannion wordlessly conveyed this message to him: Who you are is the difference that God makes, and that difference is love. As the being moved away, Dannion’s pain faded; he felt the burden of his guilt being removed. And he knew he had been given a second chance. Moments later he awoke in his cold, dead body, which was laying on a gurney beneath a hospital sheet, about to be transported to the morgue. A hospital orderly noticed the sheet move and quickly wheeled Dannion into the emergency room where he was fully resuscitated. He had been clinically dead for 28 minutes. Although he was totally paralyzed for days, and spent months recuperating, he eventually made a complete recovery—both physically and spiritually.

To say I was stunned by Dannion’s incredible story would be a massive understatement. But what struck me most (and will remain with me always) was what he said next. “I learned during that 28 minutes that, while there is physical death, there is no such thing as spiritual death. The spiritual aspect of us lives on as love . . . love is divine and lasting. All of us—each and every human being—are connected to each other in loving spirit. When we hurt others, we are only hurting ourselves. When we love others, that love spreads across the planet and enriches every life.”

With that awareness, Dannion chose to dedicate his “second life” to bringing love and happiness into the world by providing comfort and solace to the suffering. His wonderful organization, Compassion in Action (CIA), recruits, trains and supports hospice volunteers all across America. He has personally spent thousands of hours at the bedside of hundreds of dying strangers, many of whom were fellow war veterans. Holding their hands, Dannion helps them pass peacefully from this life to the next. In his second book, At Peace in the Light, he recounts the beauty of witnessing the divine reflection of love in the appreciative eyes of those who he cares for. When he is not working in a hospice, he helps others overcome life challenges, making good use of the psychic abilities he returned to his body with.

“We get this precious gift of life, and we must make the most of it,” he told me. Being alive gives you the chance to be everything that God is (and that God wants us to be)—kind, loving, protective, wise, and to create life. These are the skills of God—we must practice them while we still walk this earth.”

When I finally got around to looking at Dannion’s hands and astrological chart, it was a real joy to see the amazing life journey this incredible man, born under the sign of Cancer, has been following.

 

The Moon and Our Perception

Now, some of you may be wondering how a Cancer, a gentle-natured sign ruled by nurturing Moon (or Luna), could have become a vicious bully and deadly assassin in the first place. Well, let me explain: In our hand, the Mount of Moon pertains to the qualities of perception—our creativity, imagination and sensory awareness. All the information we receive about the world around us is filtered through the lens of Luna. And because our perception influences every area of our hand (and our life), Luna is the cornerstone of our personal and spiritual evolution. Moon directly impacts the balance of our three main energies of body, mind and heart—reflected respectively in the life line (how we behave), head line (how we think) and heart line (how we love).

So, when our Moon is balanced, we are happy, optimistic and the world is a beautiful place and we tend to be kind, empathic and compassionate people.

But our perception is a very difficult aspect of ourselves to control. This makes the Mount of Luna (along with the Mount Mars) the most difficult feature of our hand to balance. And when our Luna is out of balance so is our perception—we can perceive a kind word or friendly gesture as an insult or a threat. A severely unbalanced Luna can easily push us to the brink of, well, lunacy. And an off-kilter Moon can create a negative domino effect across the entire hand. For example, misperceiving a friendly conversation can make us irrationally paranoid, which will in turn ignite our Mars negative energy (remember Mars is the Warrior God), automatically putting us on the defensive, or worse, on the attack. Physiological, this can be seen in an unwarranted activation of our body’s fight-flight response, which will cause us to abruptly walk away from that perfectly pleasant conversation, or to begin spewing angry insults and sarcasm, or even to throw a punch.

In Dannion’s case, we can see that the Mount of Moon in his non-dominant right hand is very shrunken—it is extremely unbalanced. (Our dominant hand represents our conscious awareness; our non-dominant hand represents our unconscious.) This means that while growing up, Dannion’s subconscious perception of the world around him was completely distorted. He misperceived everything and everybody as being a threat, so fight-or-flight response was continually set to “fight” mode. Lashing out and inflicting harm made him feel safe, and that made him feel good. Even though his Moon is balanced in his dominant left hand, and his head line travels toward Luna in a gentle “philosopher curve”, he was unable to access the sensitive, nurturing and philosophical aspects of his nature due to his distorted subconscious perceptions

Vedic palmistry teaches us that we can change our lines (and the mounts of our hand), by changing our thoughts and attitudes. It took a Cosmic wakeup call in the form of a bolt of lightning for Dannion to realize he was completely misperceiving the world. However, once he did, he was able to examine his thinking and his actions, and gain the awareness, desire and courage to change his ways. He could then make the most of the balanced Moon energy in his dominant hand, awakening his dormant compassion. And that allowed him to use his Mars Warrior energy to protect and care for others, rather than to attack and harm them. As a result, Dannion became a better, more peaceful and loving human being, one who is now making the world a better, more peaceful and loving place.

We don’t have to be struck by lightning to access the vast positive potential of Mount of Moon, we just have to be aware of what our hands are telling us about ourselves and use that information to become the best we can be. Dannion did it, and so can you.

 

How Important Is Our Perception?

During these turbulent times of global pandemic, runaway inflation, political strife and international conflict, it has never been more important to be able to clearly see and hear what is happening around us. Mastering your Luna will transform your life.

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  • Overcome stress and anxiety?
  • Use your imagination creatively, not as a source of worry, fear and confusion?
  • Maintain your peace of mind, even when the rest of the world seems to being going insane?

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By Vedic Astro-Palmist, Guylaine Vallée

 

There is a great deal of truth in the old adage: Seeing is believing. Unfortunately, there is a great deal of untruth in it as well. When our Luna is not balanced, the information we are receiving through our sense organs can be skewed, misleading and even harmful.

Perhaps a good illustration of the sensory information we receive through an imbalanced Luna is a stroll through an amusement park House of Mirrors. In one mirror, we perceive ourselves as squat and fat, in another we are tall and toothpick thin, in a third we look like a hot-air balloon. The images are grotesque, but because we are aware of being in an amusement park, we know the information our eyes are receiving is faulty and we can laugh at what we are seeing. But when our Luna is off, we don’t need to be in an amusement park to receive distorted images of ourselves.

How often have we looked at own reflection and seen something that really wasn’t there, or projected an image onto ourselves that was untrue? We may have the loveliest face on the planet, but our mind obsesses on the tiny pimple on our chin until that pimple is all we see, and all we believe the world sees when we are looked at.

 

But what is the Moon?

The Mount of Luna is perhaps the most important of the hand’s ten mounts—some say it is the most important feature of the entire palm. That is because Luna governs our five senses of perception—smell, taste, sight, touch and hearing—which means that Luna pretty much governs the way we see, feel, experience and interpret everything we encounter in the world. In short, Luna is responsible for our thoughts; it affects every single aspect of our lives—from our moods and emotions to our relationships, our self-image and our mental health. And given the overwhelming amount of recent mind-body research illustrating the enormous impact our thoughts and emotions have on our bodies, Luna also plays a major role in our physical health and well-being.

Our mind can be bombarded by so much sensory data that we become preoccupied with the physical world. Instead of feeling the joy of a beautiful summer day, we choose instead to focus on our bad hair day . . . or the unsightly pimple on our chin.

Even with our eyes closed during prayer or meditation, we are still assaulted by thoughts and images—even when we try to block them out. If we do not train our mind to connect to our higher levels of consciousness, we will be forever at the mercy of our sensory perception. This condition can create an ever-escalating series of emotional highs and lows, which will disturb our happiness, complicate our lives and undermine our spiritual progress. Instead of concentrating on achieving our goals or pursuing our dreams, we waste time thinking of ways to get even with the rude motorist who cut us off; instead of being present with our child at a hockey game, we are wondering if our spouse is texting his old flame, instead of focusing on finishing our work assignments we fret away the hours wondering if our office mates are gossiping about us, and instead of meditating to calm our nerves we dwell upon the perceived snub by a friend.

These errant emotional thoughts are powerful disruptions that separate us from ourselves, from our purpose in life, and from those who rely on us. When we mentally wander off in this fashion, it can be said that we’ve “gone fishing”. This old English idiom refers to someone who has become completely unaware of their surroundings and has checked out from reality. Our best friend might be describing the birth of their first child to us, but they might as well save their breath—we may look like we are listening, but we are not hearing a word they say. We might show up for work every day, do our chores at home, even go out for nice dinners or to shows, but later we will have a hard time describing what we have done because we were AWOL from our own lives.

Even if, overall, we are a “glass half full” type of person, if our Luna is imbalanced—when we become too caught up in our thoughts or when our perception is false or faulty—that glass can suddenly appear to be half empty. Luna is responsible for feelings of sensitivity, receptivity and empathy. But when our perception goes haywire, we can easily withdraw into ourselves and witness the best parts of our Luna begin to falter and fail. We can come to view ourselves as being undeserving, unattractive, untalented and unworthy. And if we are overly focused on the external, we run the risk of disconnecting from our inner self and becoming subjective or even irrational, ruining perfectly good jobs, relationships or our future by failing to see correctly.

Sometimes, if we are habituated to emotional drama and in need of great levels of stimulation, we can develop an addiction to substances, some natural like adrenaline, others that are manufactured like drugs and alcohol, that flood into our bloodstream when our emotions are in a state of turmoil and distress. To fuel our addiction, we may attract abusive relationships, deliberately injure ourselves or recklessly put ourselves in situations that are illegal or dangerous. All this drama and chaos can prevent us from connecting with our inner peace and joy.

At the Birla Center we’ve found one of the easiest and most effective ways to transform inner turmoil into creativity and joy is ensuring our Mount of Moon is strong and balanced. In Vedic palmistry the Mount of Moon, or Luna, corresponds to our mind and emotions—it rules our power of perception and shapes the way we view ourselves and the world around us. Indeed, the condition our Luna is in can make our life a heaven or a hell. So, we better make sure we are using our Moon energy properly—our success and happiness depend on it!

 

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Our fingernails are nature’s way of protecting the sensitive nerve endings of the fingertips. Vedic palmistry refers to the fingernails as the shield, or armor, of the human brain and nervous system—they insulate and protect us from the jarring hurl-burly of the physical world, ensuring we can remain calm in our day-to-day encounters.

Biting our nails is akin to a soldier stripping off his protective armor in the midst of battle—we are exposing ourselves to the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. It is also a sign that we are mentally troubled, preoccupied or uneasy in our own skin—any of which is detrimental to our peace of mind and overall well-being.

It is important for us to recognize nail biting as an unhealthy habit (we can ingest bacteria and damage the nail plate or surrounding tissue) as well as a symptom of a deeper physiological issue or nervous disorder. Persistent nail biting can be related to obsessive-compulsive disorder. Once we have identified the disorder, Vedic palmistry has a vast array of tools we can use to correct it—from reaching for a glass of water when we feel the urge to chow down on our fingertips to changing our thoughts and behavior patterns.

 

Silencing the voices

Nail biting is a sign that our mind is not at peace. When our mind is restless, troubled or unfocused, we are unable to control or even decipher our thoughts, let alone be inspired by them. The tangled thoughts of a distraught, worried or afflicted mind can guide us in harmful directions and instead of finding happiness, we encounter disappointment, sadness and even depression.

Cutting-edge advancements in neuroscience have proven that the average person has between 60- 80,000 thoughts each day and that the majority of those thoughts are negative and self-defeating. Indeed, many people often hear a nagging inner voice constantly reminding them they are not good enough, smart enough or deserving enough to be loved, happy and successful. Over time, that unhealthy messaging actually alters the physical makeup of the brain, trapping us in an endless loop of negative thinking that takes us nowhere and leaves us miserable.

 

A Quantifiable, Measurable Science

Much like modern neuroscience, the ancient science of Vedic palmistry teaches us that our thoughts make deep impressions (or grooves) in our brain, impressions that can come to dominate our mind. But where Vedic palmistry and neuroscience differ is that palmistry shows us the origin, nature and quality of our thoughts. If our thoughts are angry, bitter, jealous or confused, our hand will tell us why and what we need to do to correct the situation.

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By Guylaine Vallée, Vedic Palmist-Astrologer

 

Call me an accidental astrologer. Although I have been practicing Vedic astrology professionally for more than three decades, I didn’t set out 30 years ago to study the stars, or the importance of our ascendant sign, or for that matter, how the placement of the planets—in our chart and in the Cosmos—impact every aspect of our lives. My passion for astrology was not stirred by staring upward toward the heavenly constellations, but rather by looking downward into the palm of my hand . . . I fell in love with astrology by falling in love with palmistry.

Few people realize that Vedic astrology and Vedic palmistry are twin sciences. In ancient India, palmistry and astrology were considered, so to speak, to go hand in glove. Sadly, palmistry has become a bit of a forgotten sister that lacks the prestige bestowed upon astrology. I attribute this to the way palmistry has (too) often been viewed in the West, which is more entertainment than science.

But true Vedic palmistry offers us amazing insights into ourselves and our planets. Indeed, in Sanskrit, Vedic palmistry is referred to as Hast Jyotish, Hast meaning “hand” and Jyotish meaning “the energy of planetary light”.  So, when we study Vedic palmistry, we are actually studying the energy of the planets reflected in our palm. And all the planets in the Vedic zodiac are represented in their own individual area of the hand, a fact I became intimately aware of during my first consultation with palmist extraordinaire, Ghanshyam Singh Birla, back in 1984. It was an encounter I will never forget because it changed the course of my life.

At the time, I was an up-and-coming television producer/writer working in Montreal, just back from a long sojourn in Paris. It was kind of a glamorous life for an aspiring young career woman, but truth be told, I was utterly miserable. Nothing in my life gave me fulfillment—I found no joy in my work, my romances, my social life or in myself. I possessed tons of talent and energy but had no purpose into which I could positively direct my passion. I was frantically spinning my wheels like a madwoman but going nowhere; my life lacked meaning, I was at a loss as to what to do with myself and I was convinced I would never find real happiness. That all changed when I met Ghanshyam, who introduced me to the fascinating (and in my case, life-altering) world of astro-palmistry.

Within minutes of sitting down with Ghanshyam, he had analyzed my chart and my hand. Combining the tools of both astrology and palmistry, he quickly identified the positive and negative planetary influences at work in my life. For example, he told me I was a Cancer ascendant (ruled by Moon), which blessed me with vast reservoirs of mental and physical energy. However, because the “Mount of Moon” in my hand was over-accentuated and stirred up by the presence of a papillary pattern, my energy was frenetic, which had me bouncing all over the place emotionally. That in itself was a revelation as it accounted for the chronic mood swings that I’d suffered from since early adulthood. But Ghanshyam went further, informing that my excessive Moon energy was interfering with my powerful planetary Sun energy (my natural ability to shine in my career and in the world), which was prominently displayed in my palm’s Mount of Sun and Sun finger.

On the positive side, Ghanshyam pointed out that, having Jupiter in Scorpio in my 5th house aspecting an exalted Cancer, I possessed an innate ability to help others improve their lives and find purpose and meaning, which had always been an elusive dream of mine. He added that, in order to make that dream a reality, I would have to develop a “Ring of Solomon” on the Jupiter Mount of my hand, which he described as a “smiling” semi-circle just below my index finger that was considered a “wisdom sign”.

I was so captivated by how astutely Ghanshyam identified my issues and desires through astro-palmistry that I took everything he said to me to heart, which brings me to what I most love about Vedic palmistry. You see, in Vedic palmistry the lines and signs of our hand reflect who we are and the state of our overall well-being in body, mind and soul. Our palm is also a true reflection of how the power of our planets is being manifested in our lives.

While our planets remain fixed, how we are dealing with them is seen by the changing lines and signs on the related planetary zone in the palm. Exalted planets in our chart, might not be activated as seen by an inactive mount, negative planetary positions might show that we have overcome them by positive wisdom markings appearing on the respective mount. Our astrological chart, therefore, helps us zero in on what needs to be highlighted or repaired. Handprints taken at regular intervals show the changes we are making—a phenomena that allows us to literally outwit our stars by consciously avoiding negative Cosmic influences while embracing and emphasizing the positive ones.

I must admit, I was a little skeptical when Ghanshyam first told me I could change the lines and mounts of my hand by making a few simple changes in my thoughts, attitudes and lifestyle. But I soon discovered we cannot only change our lives by changing our lines, but we can actually see and monitor those changes as they are taking place with the use of “before and after” handprints. Over the decades I have witnessed major positive change occur in the lives of hundreds of my clients—just as I witnessed them take place in my own life.

After my first consultation with Ghanshyam I made a few adjustments to my lifestyle (learning to meditate and doing volunteer work, for example) that allowed me to calm down, focus my energy and become a more conscientious, purpose-driven individual. As a result, vast improvements appeared in the planetary zones of my hand—my Mount of Moon became balanced, my Sun line deepened and a Ring of Solomon appeared on my Mount of Jupiter. I was so amazed by how astro-palmistry positively transformed my life that I dedicated myself to the study of both Vedic palmistry and astrology, eventually developing my own thriving practice. Helping others through astro-palmistry has not only filled my life with meaning, it has given me a deep-rooted sense of personal happiness and joy that deepens with each passing year.

My hope in writing this little story is that some of you may be inspired to put a bit of time aside during the New Year to become acquainted with Vedic palmistry, the long-lost sister of Vedic astrology. Who knows, you may become an accidental palmist, too? At the very least you will gain a new and powerful method of interpreting your planets. And, if you are like me, find happiness and joy along the way.

 

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The Author

Guylaine Vallée is a teacher and consultant at the Birla Vedic Center. In her more than 35 years as a professional Palmist, she has helped thousands of clients improve their lives and has inspired tens of thousands lecturing across North America and through her many webinars.

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by Vedic Astro-Palmist Guylaine Vallée

A full Moon lunar eclipse begins this Sunday, May 15th, 2022, at 9:32 pm and ends Monday, May 16 at 2:50 am. The maximum eclipse will be at 12:11 am. Rahu and Ketu are the lunar nodes, which are the points where the moon's path in the sky crosses the sun's path, or ecliptic. The lunar eclipse occurs with the opposition of the Sun and Moon close to the Nodes. In this case, the Sun is in Taurus close to the North Node and the Moon in Scorpio is close to the South Node.

In Vedic astrology eclipses are regarded as powerful (often tumultuous or even earth-shattering) portents of both personal and world events. The illuminating light of the Moon is obscured, potentially casting shadows across our awareness.

As the Moon relates to our mind and emotion, at this time, don’t let any unsettled emotions disturb your peace.  Ketu, the Moon’s South node, relating to past karma, forces us to take stock of any emotional issues that took place during the last six months. Rahu, the Moon’s North node, relating to the present, can create undue attachments and obsessions. So, this period can be used as a time of reflection to resolve and reset our emotions and move towards the future with a more spiritual understanding of where we have been and where we would like to go.

During this eclipse, it is best to remain peaceful and objective, and not let any emotions overshadow our good judgment. We would be well-served by taking some quiet time to tune in and pay heed to the “small still voice within”—to follow the wisdom of our heart. Make sure, due to the obstruction of the light of the two powerful luminaries – the Sun and Moon – that we use our discernment wisely; otherwise, we can affect the happiness of those close to us.

The truth, according to Vedic Astrology, is that eclipses are not a good time to begin or end things. This is because auspicious beginnings are blessed with light, ideally the light of a healthy, full Moon and the daytime Sun. We can’t stress it enough, with Rahu and Ketu gobbling up this light, we need to use our discernment wisely.

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Consequently, it was always considered that during an eclipse, it is a great time to stay in, meditate, and be reflective. It is especially effective for introspection and connecting with the Spirit within you.

And, as eclipses temporarily block the light of the luminaries, it is an ideal time to connect with our inner light through self-reflection, contemplation, mantra and meditation. With the Moon in Scorpio, we recommend reciting the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra, the mantra of Shiva, during this eclipse. This mantra helps release our consciousness from limiting patterns of negative thought and behavior; it opens us to deeper insight, gives us a greater freedom of self-expression and instills within us the strength needed to meet a specific challenge, attain a desired goal or overcome blockages interfering with our well-being.

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By Vedic Astro-Palmist Guylaine Vallée

 

Is your past limiting your future?
Are you trapped in repeated, destructive patterns of behavior?
Vedic Palmistry can set you free—check out Elizabeth’s story.

Ever since she was in high school, Elizabeth didn’t feel good about herself unless she was in a romantic relationship. Raised in a stable, well-to-do family, she left home as a teenager to live with her boyfriend. The relationship was unhealthy and turbulent, but she stayed because she lacked confidence to live on her own.

After several years, she fled that relationship and jumped into marriage with a co-worker, hoping it would bring her the fulfillment she craved. But that relationship was also turbulent, and after the birth of her children, it soured as well. Her next relationship was a romance with another co-worker, but again . . . it ended painfully and abruptly.

Elizabeth was stuck in a destructive pattern she didn’t know how to break. Despite the fact that she had raised four children by herself and, by that time, had started up and was running her own successful business, her self-esteem plummeted when she was without a man in her life. She had been brought up to believe that her purpose and identity hinged on the romantic relationship in her life, not on her own attributes or accomplishments.

Elizabeth tried to avoid her pain by throwing herself into her work and the demands of being a single mom, but she was haunted by unhappiness and the memories of her failed relationships.

When she came to see me, she was desperate for change, believing palmistry could magically predict that her life would be filled with love, happiness and personal fulfillment.

“Elizabeth, Vedic palmistry isn’t magic—it’s an ancient science that has been helping people learn about themselves and improve their lives for more than 5,000 years,” I told her. “But, if you give it a little time, the results will feel like magic—your life will be transformed.”

Her first set of handprints revealed a highly confusing pattern of crisscrossing lines traversing her entire palm, like wild weeds choking a garden. This told me she was mentally exhausted, worrying about the demands of daily living and her desire to find a partner. The over-abundance of lines reflected Elizabeth’s chronically agitated state of mind.

I explained to her that the hectic network of lines was short-circuiting her ability to perceive herself and the world clearly. I told her that happiness in a relationship would continue to elude her until she regained her self-control and became centered within herself.

“You can’t change the past,” I continued, “but you can change your present and your future and attract positive people into your life by changing your expectations of relationships.”

“But how do I do that?” she asked.

“By changing one line at a time,” I said. “We need to clean up your hand and get rid of some of these excess lines. You need to balance the three major lines of heart, head and life with the minor lines of destiny, Sun and Mercury in order to establish a better equilibrium in your life.”

I explained that the lines of our hands change when we change our attitude and outlook on life, which is why palmistry is such an excellent tool for self-development. It allows us to focus on the areas of our life most in need of work, and as we strive to improve those aspects of our lives, it lets us monitor our progress by tracking the changing lines of our palm.

“It won’t happen overnight,” I told her. “Your habits, self-doubts and negative mindset have developed over many years, and it will take time to undo them. But as the great Himalayan yogi Lahiri Mahasaya said, `Banat, Banat, Ban Jai’—meaning doing, doing, one day done.”

In Elizabeth’s case, what she needed to “do” first was calm her mind and connect with her inner serenity. We began with a series of breathing exercises and a daily meditation routine.

We met once a month to discuss the positive changes in her life and take fresh handprints to check the changes in her lines. She was encouraged when she saw her major lines become more apparent.

As she felt better about herself, she was no longer driven by the need to jump from one relationship to another, looking for love. She felt a great release from the past patterns of behaviour that had held her captive for so long.

In her “after” handprints, we can see the busy network of interference lines subsiding, reflecting her more peaceful, confident, and focused approach to life.

Elizabeth experienced a major life transformation with the help of Vedic palmistry, and she did it by changing one line at a time.

By Vedic Astro-Palmist Guylaine Vallée

The quadrangle is the area formed by the lines of heart and head and is referred to as the landing strip of the angels.

When the lines of heart and head are equally long and round, there is harmony between the way we feel and think. We are neither overly emotional, which can cloud our perception, nor overly rational, which can inhibit our spontaneity of expression.

The head line shows how we think and how objective we are in our decision-making. When the head line is short in relation to the heart line, it indicates that our desire to be spontaneous and open to others (long heart line) can be hindered. In this case, we can’t let issues of security hamper us from developing our long-term vision and the full possibilities of what we are able to achieve. One of the best ways to extend our head line is through self-analysis and meditation where we can get in touch with what really moves us and the confidence and passion to pursue it.

Short heart line and long head line

Long heart line and short head line

The quadrangle can also be imbalanced due to a long head line and shorter heart line. We can be overly matter of fact and rational, out of touch with our feelings. A long head line provides us with the will power, endurance and drive to do great things. However, we must make a concerted effort to be calm and diplomatic and take into account the feelings of others if we hope to gain the support and cooperation needed to achieve our goals and make a true difference in the world.

 

Grow Your Head Line: I Did It, You Can Too!

My first visit to the Birla Center more than 35 years ago came during a period of my life when I was feeling quite lost and didn’t know what to do with myself.

Indeed, my very first set of handprints reflects a lack of purpose; my head line, which of course reflects my thinking at the time, barely reaches Mars positive, denoting I could not envision a different or better future for myself. This is why my destiny line is stopped at the head line—my thoughts were too heavy for the line to ascend to the sattwa zone at the top of the palm, the realm of possibilities and noble ideals.

When Ghanshyam told me what my prints said about me, I took it upon myself to change my life, a process too long to go into here, but if you’re interested you can read all about it in my autobiography, The Happy Palmist. But in short, palmistry became my purpose and I devoted myself to it with my entire being. The result of which you can see in my “after” handprint, taken a couple of years later.

My head line has extended significantly into Mars positive, which means it has been ignited through my passion for my new-found purpose. And my heart and head lines are more balanced in length. This created a chain reaction in my palm; my energized thinking and new-found purpose allowed me to create a brand new destiny line originating from my head line that gave me a brand new vision.

 

Living Better Through Vedic Palmistry

The lines of the hand change over time in direct response to our awareness and effort. The short heart or head line can grow depending on whichever is creating the imbalance in the quadrangle. Yoga exercises, including breathing techniques and meditation, help accelerate the transformation process.

Palmistry is a science of transformation through which we can mend broken lines and make them stronger and more vibrant. All it takes is learning the basics and making a few minor adjustments in our attitude, outlook and lifestyle. That’s not just been my personal experience, I’ve witnessed it happen in the lives of my friends, family and thousands of the clients I’ve taught and counseled throughout the years.

Years of experience have shown that it takes a minimum of 90 days of consistent effort to improve the lines in the hand and make permanent, positive changes in our thought patterns. Better Living Through Vedic Palmistry is a collection of online self-help programs providing ancient wisdom for modern times. Better Living Through Vedic Palmistry offers four 90-Day programs. If you want to focus on developing your heart line or your head line, I invite you to check The Heart Line Challenge and The Head Line Challenge.