From a Vedic Astrologer’s view it is possible that at the time he contemplated (and actually committed) suicide were the days when he felt the “explosive energy” of Mars and Ketu conjunct in the sky transiting over his Moon…What? Talk to me in English please. Let me explain what this statement means in layman terms. Moon is the ‘manas’ (Sanskrit word for how we filter life’s experiences through our thoughts). The Moon is symbolic of our mind (thoughts). Our mind is used to perceive the world through our own personal filter, which depends on our past experiences, our habitual thought patterns, and anything that influenced us to derive an opinion of the situation at hand. It is no secret you may look at a homeless person and think, “Poor guy!” while the homeless himself might be looking at you thinking, “Poor guy!”. Why? Because you think he/she has your same values, needs, and opinions of the way to live life. You might be thinking, “how could you live without a house and a bed?” While the homeless person might be looking at you thinking, “how could he live tied up and prisoner to the responsibilities of boring nine to five job and sacrifice his freedom?”
Not to belabor the Moon’s function, let’s find out about Ketu. In Vedic Astrology, Ketu is a symbolic planet representing the South Node in common Western Astrology terms. Ketu is our past, the doorway to some deep, dark, unconscious (almost neurotic thoughts) of how dissatisfied you are with things ‘you have already done yet have no recollection’. And then we have Mars, the planet of fighting for what is right and wrong. Mars represents that part of ourselves that is ready to go to battle for what we think is right (that’s right…what we think is right, not necessarily what is right to another observer with another set of values, experiences, and past).
Consequently, the combination of Mars and Ketu is said to have an explosive, confusing, and volatile reaction. Imagine that energy ‘transiting’ over your natal Moon (your mind). In case that isn’t enough, lets take a look at other areas of his chart. As you can see, it is thought he had a Libra Ascendent, placing his natal Saturn in the same house with Rahu (common to most adults that are around the age of 61 years old) in the sign of Scorpio (deep fears). This energy is said to have a lot of “karmas’ (negative karmas) to resolve (not a fun life) in this life. He also had Mercury and and Ketu in Taurus in the 8th House of Death and Research, which gave him his writing skills, yet made the subject of death very real.
Ironically, he did enjoy the blessing of Venus (combust) and the Sun in the 9th House of Travel in Gemini (flirting, curiosity, and communication). That played out in the later years of his life, traveling around the world (9th House) and enjoying (Venus) the pleasures of life.
His Moon was in the sign of Capricorn in his 4th House of Happiness. So, when the suicide came to fruition, it was around that time the volcanoes were erupting in Hawaii and Guatemala (explosions). That same intensity was ‘transiting/happening’ in his mind. That is a hard energy to ignore, especially when he had to deal with that Saturn and Rahu (the malefic energy) in the sign of Scorpio his entire life. If you had this foresight, what would you have done differently?
Pick up any physiology textbook and you will find the Homunculus Man. He was a caricature rendered by Dr. Wilder Penfield, who used this depiction to show the proportionate amounts of cerebral cortex dedicated to the function of our hands as opposed to the function of the rest of the body parts, including our face.
Our hands act upon the world (the motor function) and our hands sense the world around us (the sensory function) in much greater amounts than any other part of our body. In other words, our hands largely impact others’ worlds, and products produced by other people’s hands play a huge role on our lives. For example, the automobile designed and manufactured by someone else’s hands have impacted the lives of billions of people.
For a moment, just think of what our lives would be like without our hands; not being able to cook, tie our shoes, pick up a book to read, or even scratch an itch - not to mention, not being able to touch someone else? We do have other ‘motors’ in our body, such as, our feet and mouth, yet the outcomes produced by our hands are endless. In addition, we also sense the world through our eyes, ears, tongue, and skin, yet the hands have the capacity to be able to reach and receive more explicitly.
So, why don’t we analyze the face more extensively than the hands? The face is the first thing we see on another person and we can’t deny we judge other folks by their eyes and face, yet, any “face-reader” will tell you that they cannot ascertain as many factors as seen on the hand, such as, their Fate Line, the Head Line, or a multitude of other marks, loops, and features found on the hand. The depth and detail found on someone’s hand is undeniable. It is also interesting to note that the hand is more hidden than the face. You can’t hide your face as easily as you can hide the palm of your hand.
Scientific Hand Analysis is known by many names and practiced in its own right by varying cultures, although the most ancient findings were found in India. Hand Analysis is also known as Palmistry or Chiromancy, yet in Indian culture, it is known as Hasta (meaning hand in Sanskrit). The study of Hasta Samudrika originates from the Samudrika Shastra which encompasses studying features found anywhere on the body (samudrika meaning marks on the body in Sanskrit); consequently Hasta Samudrika focuses on analyzing the markings and features found on the hand.
Other body part analysis studies exist, such as, face analysis known as Physiognomy (Mukha Samudrika), human skull analysis known as Phrenology (Kapal Samudrika), eye iris analysis known as Iridology, and the list goes on. However, the most extensive, comprehensive, and useful analysis is Hand Analysis (which also includes a study of the fingerprints, known as dactyloscopy, commonly used by forensic scientists).
Toma cualquier libro de fisiología y encontrarás al Hombre Homúnculo. Esta fue una caricatura realizada por el Dr. Wilder Penfield, quien usó este dibujo para demostrar las cantidades proporcionadas de la corteza cerebral dedicadas a las funciones de nuestras manos, opuesto a las funciones del resto de las partes del cuerpo, incluyendo nuestro rostro.
Nuestras manos actúan sobre el mundo (la función motora) y ellas sienten al mundo a nuestro alrededor (la función sensorial) en mucha más cantidades que las otras partes de nuestro cuerpo. En otras palabras, nuestras manos impactan en gran medida los mundos de los otros, y los productos producidos por las manos de las otras personas juegan un rol enorme en nuestras vidas. Por ejemplo, Los automóviles diseñados y fabricados con las manos de otras personas han impactado las vidas de millones de personas.
Solo por un momento piensa sobre lo que sería de nuestras vidas sin nuestras manos, no siendo capaz de cocinar, atar los cordones de tus zapatos, recoger un libro para leerlo, o inclusive rascar una comezón – eso sin mencionar no poder ser capaz de tocar a alguien más. Nosotros tenemos otros “motores” en nuestros cuerpos, como nuestros pies y nuestra boca, pero aun así los resultados producidos por nuestras manos son infinitos. Además, nosotros también sentimos al mundo a través de nuestros ojos, orejas, lengua y piel, sin embargo las manos tienen la capacidad de alcanzar y recibir más explícitamente.
¿Entonces, por qué no analizamos más el rostro en comparación a las manos? El rostro es la primera cosa que vemos en otra persona, y no podemos negar que juzgamos a otras personas por sus ojos y rostro, sin embargo cualquier “lector de rostros” te dirá que no pueden leer ciertos factores, cuyo caso no ocurre con la mano, como por ejemplo la Línea del Destino, la Línea de la Cabeza, o una multitud de marcas, curvas y características encontradas en la mano. Es innegable la profundidad y detalle que se encuentra en la mano de alguien. También es interesante notar que la mano está más escondida que el rostro. No puedes esconder tu rostro tan fácilmente como pudieras hacerlo para esconder las palmas de tu mano.
El análisis científico de palmas es conocido por muchos nombres y es practicado de diferentes maneras según las culturas, aunque los hallazgos más antiguos fueron encontrados en la India. El análisis de palmas también es conocido como quiromancia, sin embargo, en la cultura india es conocido como Hasta (lo cual significa mano en sánscrito). El estudio del Hasta Samudrika se origina del Samudrika Shastra, el cual engloba el estudiar características encontradas en cualquier parte del cuerpo (samudrika significa marcas en el cuerpo en sánscrito); consecuentemente el Hasta Samudrika se enfoca en analizar las marcas y características encontradas en la mano.
Existen estudios de análisis sobre otras partes del cuerpo, como por ejemplo el análisis del rostro es conocido como fisionomía (Mukha Samudrika), el análisis del cráneo humano es conocido como frenología (Kapal Samudrika), el análisis del iris de los ojos es conocido como iriodología, y la lista sigue. Sin embargo, el análisis más extenso, comprehensivo y útil es el análisis de las manos (lo cual también incluye el estudio de las huellas dactilares, conocido como dactiloscopia. Normalmente usado por científicos forenses).
I recently had the great pleasure of attending one of my best friend's function at the Cal Berkeley campus where I met this group of very enthusiastic students. As one of these students was giving a speech honoring the young lady who was being recognized, I happened to notice his unique hand features, and after the speech I approached him. My apprehension to ask him whether I could print his palm was due to the fact that most folks are surprisingly very afraid of this pseudoscience (palm reading). Somehow they are under the notion that you will "read" their future. Nothing could be further from the truth. It would take a brilliant overly experienced Hand Analyst to be able to accomplish such a feat, not to mention that we have free will. Having free will means that there exist ENDLESS possibilities in regards to the outcomes of our destiny.
To my surprise, the young man said, "Yes, I'd love for you to analyze my hand!" Needless-to-say, his enthusiasm and my passion infected the other 3 young students. To my dismay, I quickly discovered that they were not any ordinary college students, they are PhD Electrical Engineering students! These young folks are the pure essence of what we would consider "a scientific mind". I had to write this blog because they totally threw away my theory that "smart people" would never give credence to an 'occult pseudoscience'. We all had an incredibly fun time (3 hours flew by)!
I am thrilled to have had this experience and I thank each of these students from the bottom of my heart (and Heart Line).
Janet M. Perez
Founder of Your Mercury Messenger