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The Astrological Signature of Alternative Energy-Healers


Rohiniranjan (Crystal Pages)

© 2000, all rights reserved, revised 2002

The changing face of the healing crafts: Modern medicine is becoming increasingly expensive
and sometimes remains outside the reach of individuals with meagre means, even in developed
countries. Moreover, in the case of chronic conditions and several ill-defined maladies (according
to modern medical guidelines), it remains less than optimally effective, particularly on a long-term
basis, for one reason or another. Recently, all around the world, there has been observed a low
key, resurgence of a trend as people lean towards 'alternative' therapeutic modalities. An increase
has been seen in the popularity of traditional forms of therapies, such as ayurveda, other herbal
traditions, homeopathy, aromatherapy, acupuncture, chromotherapy, osteopathic and chiropractic
medicine, etc. -- all of which are based on administration or utilization of therapeutic substances;
most of these often include physical procedures and recommend changing ones lifestyle.

Quite apart from all of these, exist treatment modalities that utilize one or more forms of 'healing
energy' and are claimed to work through 'human' touch. The general belief is that these healers
are connected with, resonate to or are attuned to some form of Universal Healing Energy which
then is believed to work through these individuals. Many such modalities or paths of therapy exist,
the gamut running from faith-healing to those that use electro-mechanical devices for redirecting
the flow of the Chi or "energy" through the body, or act by removing energy-blockages, etc. The
basic underlying tenet is that all of us can receive and resonate to some form of healing energy
that perfuses and vitalizes our universe. Some individuals, either naturally or through attunement
(generally a closely guarded and secret procedure which some have indicated includes an element
of 'shaktipat' or direct transfer of spiritual quanta) become adept at focusing or directing the flow
of such energy to help bring about healing in others. The concept may sound rather far-fetched or
even fantastic to many of us who are sceptical about 'these' things. It is conceivable that
motivation of the patient plays a big part as does faith in these energies to work as intended or
claimed. In some ways, these probably work through the 'placebo' effect which is often
misunderstood by some as a 'non-effect' or "psychological" suggestion therapy. Perhaps the
'placebo' effect, which is often short-lasting thanks to our doubting minds, brings into action the
'intrinsic' healing mechanism (the inner physician) that all of us possess. That these energy-based
healing modalities work is recorded in many anecdotal studies and even in some scientific clinical
studies that showed the salutary effect of Reiki and Qigong on haemoglobin levels, reduced pain
and other parameters in scientific studies.

Astrological research: We all have heard of the astrological explorations carried out by the
Gauquelins from France as well as other similar 'epidemiological' studies many of which have been
summarized in "Astrology Science or Superstition", by Eysenck and Nias, Pelican Book, ISBN
0-14-022397-5. The approach of these tropical western astrology researchers had been to amass a
large collection of horoscopes and then to seek to identify a pattern in the chart using the tropical
zodiac that would be shared by a certain occupational or other identifiable group. Thus, we have
the "Saturn" effect showing up commonly in the horoscopes of scientists and the 'Mars' effect in
those of athletes. Many of the 'traditional' tropical astrological rules and tenets did not show up
very significantly in these studies, in a highly significant manner that would make them useful for
being used as 'signature patterns'. A signature pattern would be described as an easily definable
and discernible astrological combination that alone or in combination with other patterns would
show up in a fairly high proportion of charts which belong to a well-defined category. A similar
approach when applied to jyotish can pose a very significant and somewhat daunting task. Jyotish
essentially depends on a 'weight of evidence' approach. This involves a through study of a
horoscope from many different angles, including a multitude of charts and thus taking into
account multiple factors, as one would naturally assume operate in our lives and in what I call
"the human experience". One or even a couple of factors seen in a given chart rarely have
sufficient impact to show up as a definite effect. Moreover, there are many layers and shades of
attributes that jyotishis study for a given planet. A planet may intrinsically or functionally be
benefic, malefic or cruel; weak, neutral or strong, in individual vargas, shadbala, ashtakavarga or
vimshopaka, as well as other factors need to be considered. There are many other qualitative
attributes that need to be judged when determining the influence attributed to a planet or
planetary combination in a reading. Readily available jyotish software, such as, Parashara's
Light™ in its several versions, Goravani Jyotish™, etc., have made it possible not only to
calculate and use more of these factors, but have also brought to the fore, the problems that arise
when one quotes canned readings in a disjointed manner verbatim even from sacred classical texts.
One requires the human interpreter to convert a load of information into insightful knowledge.

Energy healing: Having been interested in the phenomenon of 'energy healing' for quite some
time, and having witnessed and experienced some of its undeniable success and efficacy, we at
Crystal Pages (a jyotish information, education and research organization which may be accessed
through Internet world wide web at <>) had
been collecting charts of energy healers, primarily of practitioners of Reiki, but also of others who
were attuned into healing systems such as QiGong and Therapeutic Touch, as well as of
faith-healers. While faith healing is believed to be a divine gift, Reiki and similar modalities can be
acquired, generally through a process of attunement, training and practice through several levels
or grades. Some of these have spiritual, as well as procedural/ritual-based components; however,
we do not intend to dwell on these details in this article, but instead, would like to direct the
interested reader's attention towards "Essential Reiki A complete guide to an ancient healing art",
by Diane Stein, The Crossing Press, ISBN 0-89594-736-6, and many other books available on
the subject. The central theme of all of these healing modalities is that the human body has the
capability for channelling, concentrating and directing a "Healing Energy of Universe" through
ones hands (palm chakras, which some describe as being minor nerve centres connected to other
neuro-endocrine-spiritual centres). I mention this because this served as an important leading cue
in this astrological exploration that I am about to describe.

The 'research' feature in available jyotish software: When this exploration was initiated a few
years ago, I had recently acquired a commercially available jyotish software and was quite
interested in its research feature. It took a collection of horoscopes and proceeded to find the
attribute descriptors that were present in these charts and then sorted them in the descending
order of frequency. So, for example, it would look at a descriptor such as “Sun in ascendant” and
would determine that 20 out of 100 charts had this attribute, and then go on to find some other
descriptor, such as Mars in benefic shastiamsha (the 60th division or harmonic) or something like
that. Two BIG problems became glaringly obvious soon after the initial excitement of novelty
wore off! This feature was extremely s-l-o-w! Even a small collection of charts would take half an
hour and longer on a reasonably powerful system (by the home P.C. standards prevailing at that
time; Pentium 75 Mhz). There was no way of cutting short the 'search and sort' function. It went
through all the factors keyed in by the programmer, until it exhausted the entire list. This meant,
that, each time I acquired a few more charts and added it to my research set, the entire search had
to be done again, and again! After a few weeks, during which I was also examining the charts --
with the aid of the transputer that thrives mostly on glucose and oxygen and lives between my
ears -- and beginning to decipher "patterns" in the charts -- I realized that my rather fancy
software did not have those descriptors that my eyes spotted readily! It had many tags, it just did
not have enough that would be relevant for most research! Later on, I purchased Parashara's
Light, which was far more light-footed than my earlier acquired software and had a basic research
mode which though not comprehensive, did things faster in the search and calculating of charts,
etc. Parashara’s Light allowed one to use some basic search strategy building blocks and to
conduct logical searches through a set of horoscopes. If Parshara's Light were to include a feature
by which the users could create a search strategy by creating a text file using the yoga codes to
enable the program to conduct the search at its rapid pace, then it could be considered the most
useful and extremely powerful research tool for jyotishis. I hope someone from Geovision is
considering adding such a feature.

Background and approach: My aim in conducting the described qualitative exploration was to
carry out a pilot study to see if certain factors that made astrological sense were seen in a greater
frequency in the charts of the energy healers or not. If such was indeed the case then these very
factors could serve as indicators for providing useful direction and guidance to individuals who
approached for astrological advice.

Reiki is typically administered by placing ones palms on different areas of the patient's body and is
experienced as a sensation of 'hotness' and sometimes has a fine vibrational character. Reiki is of
Japanese origin, from predominantly Buddhist sources (though the historical accounts prevailing
in North America have been challenged by many, in recent times) and promotes ideals of service,
gentleness, kindness. It was, therefore, a bit counter-intuitive when in chart after chart, Mars
began to show up in association with the lagna and/or the third house. The lagna represents the
self, the conduit through which the energy is channelled and the third house represents the
shoulder, arms and hands and the minor chakras in ones palms. The heat and vibrations also
seemed to be in concordance with the sensations actually perceived by individuals who are giving
or receiving Reiki treatments. Having focused on Mars, based purely on serendipitous
observations, it was natural to test this correlation in charts that would come naturally to mind
when thinking of Mars: athletes, military personnel (and critics!). Sure enough, there was a
prominent 'presence' of Mars in these charts, as well but in different houses! other planets were
involved as well in a different distribution from those seen in the charts of healers.

The next thing to focus on was that in order for energy healers to heal using hands, there should
be a relationship between the 3rd house and the house of sickness, namely the 6th (in jyotish or
vedic astrological parlance). I am a great believer in 'derived' houses in horoscopes. (To elaborate this
concept further, these constitute of : (i) arudha and padas of a house or planet in a chart based on how far the ruler of a sign
is from the house itself; (ii) adding the elongation of a house from ascendant to the house itself, for example, the fifth house
being third from the third house is a secondary house to be considered when examining the 3rd house. This is known as the
‘bhavat bhavam’ principle in jyotish; and (iii) utilizing houses other than ascendants as the orientation point. For instance if
one wishes to examine the acquisitions and family life of ones mother, the fifth house (2nd from the 4th house, since the 2nd
represents those attributes and the 4th represents ones mother), etc. Although primarily utilized in horary
readings, the 7th house can represent the lagna of the client, and the 2nd and 12th houses
represent the diseases, chronic illnesses and defects in the client (these being the 6th and 8th
houses from the 7th. Similarly, the 12th from any house represents the loss or amelioration of the
indications of any given house. Therefore, negation of disease would be the 12th from 12th,
hence the 11th and ascendant (being 12th from the 2nd and 12th houses which are also the 6th
and 8th from the 7th house which represents the client (it will help to draw a chart and see the
relationships, for visual learners). Connections between the 3rd house and these other houses
were examined. Additionally, the association of Mars, the guiding planet, with the 7th and 11th
houses was examined. Reiki (the commonest modality in my test bed, but the same seems to be
true for other modalities, as well) being a response to an inner urge, an inner calling, inner
motivation, must have something to do with the nodes (representatives of karma) and also the
fifth and ninth houses, both of which are connected with spirituality and higher purpose and also
the manifestation of ones karmic fate that is due to become manifest in this lifetime and what we
create for the future. Many other factors and areas were examined, only some of which have been
summarized here in this brief report. We have started looking into varga charts and other finer
levels of interpretation, but even the findings in the radix or rashi charts have been very striking
and some of these are presented here. All charts were calculated utilizing Yukteshwar ayanamsha
(precessional correction) that is only a few minutes different from Late Prof. B.V. Raman's
ayanamsha (the two ayanamshas use closely similar value for vernal equinox of 1894, but utilize
different rates of annual motion of ayanamsha to calculate back to the year of coincidence of the
tropical and sidereal zodiacs, Yukteshwar using AD 499 and Raman AD 397; it is to be noted that
Yukteshwara provided the value in his book, “The Holy Science” in 1894 stating the source for
this value to be astronomical books, presumably ephemeris or panchangs/panjikas. The book was
written many years before Raman was born (1912). Now, whether Raman took the seed for his
ayanamsha from the value quoted by Yukteshwara is not known).

In a rather large data set of 480715 births (date, month and year of birth), spanning over several
decades mostly from the early half of the twentieth century and mostly from the northern
hemisphere, that were obtained from insurance records, it was obvious that the number of births
were uniformly distributed throughout the year (the daily mean number of births in this large
sample was 1317, standard deviation=69.9, coefficient of variation or relative standard deviation
= 5%). It may, therefore, be assumed that the distribution of planets would be more or less
uniform in the general population, provided a large enough sample is taken. The data, obviously,
must have some inaccuracies due to the nature of the records but one hopes that the huge size of
the sample would reflect the general frequency approximately. The ascendants cannot be expected
to be equally distributed since some of the signs tend to rise for a longer periods in a given
hemisphere (long ascension signs) than others due to the tilted axis of our ‘space-ship’. There
would be an increasingly significant skew if one focuses only on births taking place at very high
latitudes (more Kanya and Tula ascendants are seen in Nordic states because of the tilt of the
earth). The distribution of the planets in the 12 houses would be more or less uniformly
distributed (unless unequal houses and intercepted signs play a part in ones astrology; not the case
in jyotish).

Results: The accompanying Figures 1 to 4 show the percent distribution of the planets in signs
and houses in the horoscopes of energy healers (mostly Reiki) and faith healers. The distribution
of Gulika, Ketu, Rahu, Saturn, Venus, Jupiter, Mercury, Mars, Moon, Sun and Ascendant are
shown in the form of a layer or area graph. Notice any thickening or thinning of the layer as the
distribution varies and also any peaks overall that indicate increased frequencies in a given sign or
house (one must be cautious in over-interpreting here, when the peak is caused by one or two
planets which are skewing the overall frequency of the column. The sample size shown here for
energy healers is 82 cases, while those for faith healers is 22. No serious attempt to do statistical
comparison was carried out, given the unequal and relatively small sizes of the samples. Since
Mars was showing up dominantly during the preliminary screen, a group of 23 army personnel
and sports figures (both mars-related professions according to jyotish) were used as 'comparison
groups'. A caveat must be sounded here in NOT thinking of these as a “control” groups because
that term has specific statistical connotation, but simply as a group utilized for comparison. Using
the total number of cases in a group as 100%, (normalized) percent values for a given planet in a
given sign or house was calculated and this has been plotted in the graphs shown in this article.
This transformation of the ‘proportion’ data was carried out for ease of presentation. It is easier
to compare percentages as opposed to two fractions (a prevalence of 40% vs 72% is easier to comprehend than
the same stated as 9/22 vs 59/82) . Once again, for clarity, the higher peaks in a given sign or house
would indicate that one or more planets and points such as Gulika (a mathematical point derived
for the time of birth and is based on division of the ‘day’ into segments of planetary periods or
horas), lagna (ascendant), lunar nodes (points of crossing of the orbits of Moon and Sun
(projected earth)) tended to cluster in that particular area. Further examination of individual
layers in the graphs will give visual qualitative indication of the relative frequencies of the
individual factors.

Some of the interesting and contrasting findings (between the different groups) of this study were:

a) The reasonably ordered 'flow' of the sign distribution of the different planets in the Reiki healers
group in contrast to the more chaotic or at least variable nature in similar parameter for the faith
healers group (perhaps partly due to the different sample sizes). The comparison groups
(army/sports) were somewhat variable at the extremes, but more evenly distributed in the zone
between Cancer and Capricorn [both sidereal] for the most part, but not quite as evenly as in the
Reiki healers (again, this could be a function of the unequal sample size, in part).

b) A peaking was seen in Vrishchika (Scorpio), a martian sign in Reiki group, whereas, more
factors were clustered in Vrishabha in the Faith group, with Simha (Leo), Tula (Libra), Makar
(Capricorn) and Kumbha (Aquarius) in the tow. Interestingly, Meena (Pisces) the 'psychic' sign
did not contain many of these factors in either of these groups. In the army/sports group, the
peaking was seen in Tula (Libra), with a bimodal distribution seen due to the additional smaller
hump in Makar (Capricorn). Most of these individuals being sports stars and commanders,
strategic expertise in strategy (higher vibration of Mars coupled with mercurian vibes) was
probably more important in their careers rather than mere brute strength or brashness (lower
manifestation of the martian essence). The peaking in Libra with a "shoulder" running from
Cancer to Virgo does make sense. The lagnas tended to be clustered around Leo to Libra, Mars
peaked in Gemini and Libra. Not many had Mars in Aries, Scorpio or Capricorn as one may
stereotypically expect in these martian professions. Quite a prominent peak incidence of Mercury
was seen in Aquarius and of Moon in the fire sign of archery, Sagittarius. I must remind again
that ALL signs mentioned here are according to the sidereal zodiac.

c) There was a higher degree of clustering in the first four houses in the case of Reiki group;
whereas, there was a higher clustering in the houses 8, 9, 11 and 12 in the Faith group. In the case
of army/sports personalities, one peak was seen in the 2nd house, another in 12th house and
closely followed by 6th and 9th houses. Sun, Mercury and Gulika were the primary contributors
for the peaks in 2nd, Moon and Ketu for the one in 6th and Gulika, Rahu, Mars and Moon in the
12th. Mars was not surprisingly more often seen in the 10th house (occupation and karma). The
entire sidereal sign corresponding to a house is taken to represent the entire house, as per
traditional jyotish with no allowance for intercepted signs or unequal houses, terms that are
irrelevant in standard jyotish.

d) Notice the bulging nodes in the layers; these indicate clustering shown in the charts by a planet
being in a given sign or house. We see that in the Reiki group, Mars tends to be present more
often in the 3rd house and Gulika in 2nd and 4th houses. There is some discrepancy about the
calculation of Gulika as implemented in different software, hence, we will refrain from focusing on
it as a factor, but the placement of Mars is of significance (see later). In the case of the usually
more 'religious' and renunciate individuals in the Faith healers group, we see the clustering of
Saturn in Libra and Capricorn and predominance of the ascendant (lagna) in Gemini, Libra and
Capricorn. In the case of the house distribution in Faith healers, note the clustering induced by
Jupiter in the fifth house (aspecting the ninth, 11th and 1st; Jupiter casts a full aspect, glance or drishti on the 5th, 7th
and 9th houses from its placement in a chart), of Moon in 11th (aspecting fifth) and of Venus in the 8th, 9th
and 11th houses. The presence of Sun in 8th or 9th in relatively more cases also is an interesting
phenomenon. Due to the small sample sizes, I am refraining from too many interpretations and
implications, but merely pointing out the notable observations, at this time.

Obviously, the two cohorts (Reiki healers and faith healers) are not at all similar astrologically. It
is inappropriate to lump all energy healing and faith healing into one group as is sometimes done
by sceptics or even those who know the differences between these groups of healers. It is
interesting to see the planets associated with religion and renunciation, such as Jupiter and Saturn
playing a dominant role in the case of faith healers (as also the higher houses of occultism,
religion, karma and moksha). The presence of the 11th house in a dominant position (particularly
Moon and Venus) is somewhat counterintuitive, although these being 'caring' planets, their aspect
on the fifth house does indicate a reason for their being prominent. How can one heal others if
there is not an ocean of love that flows out of ones heart and which then is related to ones karma
and poorvapunya (past actions of duty and Grace), related to the fifth house? Reiki, on the other
hand, while certainly strengthened by love and spiritual energy is more of 'this' earth, more
technical in a sense and something that can be learned as opposed to having an innate gift such as
faith healing obviously is believed to be, in practically all cases. Mind you, in saying so, one risks
getting tangled into the circular argument of , "Can just anyone become a Reiki healer or does
Reiki 'call' only those who are ready spiritually?" Some would endorse the thinking that a
decision to seek attunement to Reiki is a product of exposure to it for lifetimes during the journey
of the soul, as opposed to a casual whim or impulsive decision. I propose that we get back to
astrology, instead!

I digress a bit, but some of these healing individuals (whose hands or palm prints I have seen)
have what is described as a 'conical' hand in palmistry, with the palm relatively wider and the form
of the hand tapering towards the tip of fingers. This kind of shape has been described by Cheiro
and Cmt. de Ste. Germain as being favourable for those who wish to exercise their healing
capabilities. I must caution the reader not that this remains to be confirmed in a larger number of
individuals whether the shape of the palm has something to do with the martian association with
the 3rd house in general or healing in particular. Let us not run with this!

One very interesting finding was that in an additional group of a relatively small sampling of
horoscopes of saints and spiritual leaders that we used (15 charts only, graphs not shown), the
martian signature showed up in a rather interesting pattern. These individuals also had a rather
high incidence of the following two conditions:

= Mars associated with the first house

= Lord of 3rd house associated with Mars

The charts of the saints showed a low incidence of Mars being directly associated with the 3rd
house itself (occupation or aspect); whereas, the Reiki healers showed a very high incidence of
Mars being associated with the 3rd house and comparatively fewer in the Reiki group showing an
association of Mars with the first house or with the lord of 3rd house. Practically all of these
saints have been associated with healing powers, some bringing the healing about through touch
or even from a distance. It was interesting to note the slightly different pattern between the Reiki
group and the saints. Most of the Reiki practitioners, while involved in spiritual practices are
otherwise regular people (including householders) and most healers in our group of charts are
certainly not saints or spiritual leaders. As a side observation, the lower prevalence of association
of Mars with the 3rd house in horoscopes of saints makes sense because in many instances, such
an inherently malefic Mars would influence the 9th and 12th house by aspect (according to jyotish Mars
aspects the 4th, 7th and 8th houses from its placement). It is reasonable to expect that, generally speaking,
saints would probably be better off with untainted 9th and 12th houses.

There were several other characteristics noted in the Reiki group of charts, particularly the
association of lunar nodes (Rahu or north node more often than Ketu or south node) with the 3rd
house, and several others combinations and factors that showed up, albeit with low frequency.
This is a preliminary report and the study is ongoing as we continue to acquire even more charts
and explore the signature(s) further. We are also exploring the dashas (lunar progression and
other timing systems used in jyotish) prevailing at the time of ones attunement with the healing
energy and some interesting facts are emerging which shall be discussed, God willing, in future.
For illustrative purposes, let us look at Mme. Hawayo Takata's chart. She had the privilege of
being the first non-resident Japanese woman (and the first person from the west) to have been
indoctrinated in the Usui-Reiki healing system. Mrs. Takata, a native and resident of Hawaii, was
born to Japanese immigrant parents, and while visiting Japan had an opportunity for being treated
at the Usui Clinic, then run by Dr. Chujiro Hayashi who is arguably described as the successor of
Dr. Usui. She went there for her own chronic illness and was so taken by the healing power and
efficacy of Reiki that she eventually managed to be accepted as a student and went on to become
a teacher in Reiki. She had to overcome much resistance and lived through a lot of uncertainties
before she was accepted by her master. She eventually went on to train 22 masters in North
America and without her destiny, drive and sincere persistence, Reiki would probably have
remained in the orient for a lot longer time. She is generally described physically as a petite
woman with an iron will and yet one with a detached and saintly demeanour.

*********************************************************** Takata
* * _ Mo _ * ^ * _ Me Ve RaR _ * * 12.24.1900
* * _ 10 _ * * _ 8 _ * * 7.27 am
* _ * _ Su Ju Sa _ * _ * W 159.21 [10.5h]
* 11 _ * * _ _ * * _ 7 * N 22.00
* _ * * _ 9 _ * * _ * Ayan(Y)-21.09
* * _ 12 _ * _ 6 _ * * Lagn 260.7323
* * _ _ * 3 * _ _ * * Moon 285.3779
* 1 * _ _ * * _ _ * 5 *
* _ * _ _ * _ Ma * % SI ST SU
* _ * 2 * _ _ * 4 * _ * ASCD -- ju ve ju
* _ * KeR * _ * * _* Moon 47 sa mo ju
*********************************************************** Sun 53 ju ke sa+
........................................................... Merc 48 ma me ra
: : : mo : : Vens 28 ma sa su
: : ju keR : : : Mars 51 su ve ra
:.............:..............:..............:.............: Jupi 84 ju ke su
: me : : su : Satu 43 ju ve su
:.............: navamsha kundali :.............: Rahu -- ma sa su
: : : sa : Ketu -- ve mo mo
: : : {L}ve raR : :
: : : : ma :

In Takata's chart, Mars is placed in the 9th house in a sign of vitality, Leo, aspecting the 3rd
house, fulfilling one of the signatures for being a Reiki healer. It also aspects Mercury the lord of
10th house which is placed in the 12th with Venus the lord of 6th. The sickness that took Takata
to a land abroad (Japan) where she met with her master and the primary task (karma) for this
lifetime that was revealed to her in a culture that was different from the one she grew up in
(Rahu), although in a geneological sense, it was her own (she was of Japanese origin). The
dispositor of Mars is placed in the ascendant with the lord of 3rd house and lord of ascendant in
strength in the first house. Her strong will is very obvious, as is her restraint and gentleness from
the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in a fiery sign. The lord of 9th strongly placed with Jupiter
the symbolic teacher fits well with her significant role as a teacher that brought Reiki to North
America. She is the only link between Japan and the West, that we know of and thus holds a
supremely important position in the history of Reiki. The other signature, that we discussed,
namely, the connectivity between the 5th and 9th house is there, with the fifth lord placed in the
ninth. That it happens to be Mars and fulfills the other signature (Mars and 3rd house) makes the
bond stronger. Though not within the purview of this article, we find that in the navamsha (the
ninth harmonic derived by dividing each sign into nine parts) chart, which jyotishis consider
equally significant as the rashi or radix chart, Mars is aspecting the 3rd house, as well as the lord
of the 3rd house, while the lords of the fifth (Saturn) and ninth (Mercury) houses in navamsha
aspect each other. Mars in navamsha also aspects the 6th (illness) and the lord of the 6th and this
can only serve as a positive influence for her personal healing as well as her role as a healer. In her
dashamsha (the 10th harmonic derived by dividing a sign into 10 parts; considered to be an
important indicator for ones occupation, endeavours and karma), Mars aspects the 3rd house
from 9th, and is aspected by Saturn, the lord of 9th. The lord of 5th, Venus, is placed in the fifth

*********************************************************** Reiki#69
* * _ Me _ * ^ * _ _ * * 08.11.1938
* * _ 5 _ * * _ 3 _ * * 5.02 am
* Ve _ * _ Su Ma _ * _ KeR * 95.13 [6h]
* 6 _ * * _ _ * * _ 2 * 41.01
* _ * * _ 4 _ * * _ * Ayan(Y)-21.62
* * _ 7 _ * _ 1 _ * * Lagn 110.9174
* * _ _ * 10 * _ _ * * Moon 298.8472
* 8 * _ _ * * _ _ * 12 *
* RaR _ * _ Mo _ * _ SaR * % SI ST SU
* _ * 9 * _ _ * 11 * _ * ASCD -- mo me ve
* _ * * _ * JuR * _* Moon 54 sa ma sa
*********************************************************** Sun 55 mo me ju
........................................................... Merc 71 su ve ju
: : : : : Vens 43 me mo mo
: : ve : : : Mars 43 mo me ve
:.............:..............:..............:.............: Jupi 28 sa ra ra
: su saR : : raR : Satu 52 ju me ju
:.............: navamsha kundali :.............: Rahu -- ma ju ma
: {L}ma keR : : : Ketu -- ve su ra
: juR : : me : :
: : : : mo :

Here is another chart of a Reiki healer and teacher (#69). In her case, Mars forms a relationship
with the first house rather than the 3rd (alternate signature). It is notable that Mars also happens
to be the lord of 5th and 10th and aspects lagnesha and Jupiter, the lord of 9th (fulfilling the
second signature, discussed above). Though Mars is in neecha, it is in kendra from Moon, as well
as its dispositor (also Moon) and therefore attains neechbhanga. Mars is exalted in the navamsha
and thereby regains its strength on that account, as well. She does tend to over-intellectualize at
times and does tend to come across as a bit rigid and opinionated. That aside, she is a very
capable healer and teacher, without any doubt. In the navamsha, Mars is exalted in the navamsha
first house (signature #1) and the fifth and ninth lords, Mercury and Venus aspect each other in
navamsha. In dashamsha, Mars is in ascendant, the sign of Mars, Scorpio, is in the 3rd house
while the lord of 5th house, Saturn, aspects its own house. The lord of 9th house, Mercury,
aspects the dashamsha lagnesh Mercury which is placed in the 6th house of illness.
*********************************************************** ndj-II
* * _ Mo _ * ^ * _ _ * * 12.11.1968
* * _ 5 _ * * _ 3 _ * * 7.20 pm
* Ma Ju KeR _ * _ _ * _ * W 68.00.45 [5h]
* 6 _ * * _ _ * * _ 2 * N 46.38
* _ * * _ 4 _ * * _ * Ayan(Y)-22.03
* * _ 7 _ * _ 1 _ * * Lagn 104.4469
* * _ _ * 10 * _ _ * * Moon 136.003
* 8 * _ _ * * _ _ * 12 *
* Su _ * _ Ve _ * _ SaRRaR * % SI ST SU
* _ * 9 * _ _ * 11 * _ * ASCD -- mo sa ra
* _ * Me * _ * * _* Moon 53 su ve su
*********************************************************** Sun 45 ma me sa
........................................................... Merc 27 ju ke ke+
: su saR : : keR : : Vens 75 sa mo mo
: : me ve ju : : : Mars 18 me ma ju
:.............:..............:..............:.............: Jupi 43 me mo ma
: : : : Satu 41 ju me ju
:.............: navamsha kundali :.............: Uran -- me mo ma
: : : mo : Nept -- ma sa sa
:.............:.............................:.............: Plut -- me su sa-
: : : : : Rahu -- ju sa ra
: : {L}raR : : ma : Ketu -- me mo ju

Chart ndj-II belongs to yet another Reiki master/healer. Note the presence of vargottama Mars
who is also the lord of 5th (and 10th) and Jupiter the lord of 9th in the 3rd house. There is
connection between the 12th and 6th (lord of 12th is aspecting the 12th from the 6th). This
person experienced suffering and loss at the hands of her own teacher and there was significant
bitterness, as indicated by Saturn's influence on the 9th house in the presence of nodes. Saturn is
vargottama (in the same sign in the rashi or natal and the navamsha or ninth harmonic jyotish
chart making it strong and beneficial) and retrograde (considered a strengthening factor in
spiritual, non-worldly matters).

The spiritual nature of healing that underlies Reiki, the inner calling that is experienced by Reiki
healers and the often profound spiritual experiences that happen to healers and their patients
during a healing session and during attunements and the karmic nature of it all, as highlighted by
the presence of the astrological signatures described in this article in not only the radix (rashi) but
divisional charts is not likely to be a random occurrence or happenstance. While more work
continues in this direction to further fine-tune these findings and to find more nuances in the
different forms of healings, if Mars is beginning to come across as a significator or karaka for
energy-healing, such as Reiki, then perhaps that is not too far-fetched a concept.

*********End of the beginning of an exploration*********

Though care has been taken to use as few sanskrit terms as possible, if any were missed, the following should help:
Name of 12 signs, Aries to Pisces: Mesha, Vrishabha, Gemini, Karkata, Simha, Kanya, Tula, Vrischika, Dhanu,
Makar, Kumbha, Meena.
Lagna = ascendant, Gulika = a mathematical point which describes the moment of commencement of saturn’s
diurnal period or hora during a given day. The author is grateful to the Research Editor of ISAR for helpful
advice, regarding modifying some of the statistical terminology used in this article, which has been followed. The
willingness of many of the subjects, friends and co-travellers to share personal details cannot ever be fully
thanked for and indeed is the very crux for this qualitative pilot investigation becoming possible.