Analyzing Charts for Physical and Mental Illness
Willa Keizer, CCH
© 2006 all rights reserved
“In the healthy condition of man, the spiritual vital force …rules with unbounded sway, and retains all the parts of the organism in admirable, harmonious, vital operation … so that our indwelling, reason-gifted mind can freely employ this living, healthy instrument for the higher purpose of our existence.”
Samuel Hahnemann, 1810, Founder of Homeopathy
Part One: Shani and Chandra—Disease and Healing
Saturn, the Significator of Disease
Saturn is the planet whose function is to deliver pain, disease, and death as a result of our bad karmas due to human weakness. In Sanskrit, Saturn is known as Shani which means golden. Calling the deliverer of death an auspicious name is like chanting a mantra and helps to alleviate some of the maleficence .
Other names for Shani include Sanaischara (one who moves slowly) Vakra (crooked), Asita (the black one), and Panu (lame).
Shani is considered to be the son of Surya (the sun god). Surya’s wife Samjna could not stand the brilliant light radiating from her husband, so she created a shadow image of herself to live with Surya. Shanaischara, (Shani) was the second son from this union.
According to the Bramha-vavarta-purana, Shani took on severe austerities (tapas) and would not even look at the woman he married when she tried to entice him into sensual pleasures. She became so angry at him for rejecting her that she placed the curse on him: From then on that whatever Shani looked at would be destroyed.
Other descriptions mention that he has a terrible vengeful form, his chariot is yoked to eight vultures of a dark blue color. His icon is to be made of black iron installed on a pedestal in the shape of an arrow, and faces West, the direction of the setting sun. The western direction is where Shani gets directional strength in the Vedic chart, and the sign Tula (Libra) which is in the Western direction in the natural zodiac, exalts Shani. When the sun sets, Shani is strong.
We see why Shani is the enemy and the antitheseis of Surya, the radiant one who rises in the East and provides everything we need for life. Shani is the shadow to Surya’s light. Shani is exalted in Tula, the sign of Surya’s debilitation. Shani likes to judge souls in the sign of Tula and prevent them from from attaining moksha or liberation from this world. He represents the wrongdoings that weigh heavily upon us and for which we must suffer. As the ruler of Tapas loka, the plane of austerities, he denies us pleasure and helps us to practice renunciation. As Surya’s job is to sustain us, Shani’s job is to destroy us. We can determine when and how he will make us suffer by looking at the Vedic Chart.
Shani is the significator for Vayu Tattvah, which represents the pranas in the body. The nature of Vayu or wind is to disperse which causes our death. Keeping the pranas in the body with techniques like pranayama can help us to be ready for death when our pranas are finally taken away for good.
Shani is also the primary significator for three houses in the chart, which are the three dustanas or houses of suffering. These are the 6th (strife, infectious illness, shad ripu or six sins) the 8th (death, chronic disease, suffering, the dark night of the soul, renunciation) and 12th (loss, letting go, death). To understand the roots of our own suffering, we look at the 6th, 8th, and 12th houses from Shani in the rashi and varga charts.
Moon, the Great Healer
Shani’s relationship to the primary luminary, Surya, has already been explained. His relationship to the secondary luminary, the maternal and healing moon, is equally inimical and strong. If Surya is the great illuminator, why is only Chandra considered to be the significator of healing?
While Surya’s rays are hot and burning, Chandra’s rays are gentle and soothing. Mother Chandra takes the energy of Surya and transforms it into nectar or milk that is nourishing, healing, and palatable.
Why does the moon wax and wane? The twenty seven daughters of Prajapati, who are the 27 Nakshatras, were all married to Chandra. Rohini was the favorite wife, and Chandra spent most of his time with her. For this, Prajapati punished him by making him wither away, then later modified the curse to make him wax and wane.
Another classic states that the waning occurs as the gods drink the digits of the moon, which contain Amrita. This occurs from full moon until new moon. Starting on the day of new moon when sun and moon are conjoined, Surya replenishes the digits for another 15 days until the moon is full again.
According to the Vishnu Purana, Chandra emerged from the Milk ocean when it was churned by the devas and asuras to get the Amrita, or nectar of immortality.
Purascharyanava states that Chandra belongs to the lineage of Rishi Atri, as does our own lineage. All his garments and ornaments are white, and he is associated with Jala (deified water) and Uma (the great Mother).
Chandra is also described in the classics as a Brahmin who is full of nectar. He delights the world with his cool rays, and the gods relish him for his nectar. He is called an ocean of Ambrosia, with face like a full moon. His very body removes the darkness of the worlds. He holds a blue lotus in one hand and bestows boons with the other.
There are strong and interesting relationships between Chandra the healer and Shani the disease giver.
Shani takes 28 years to circle the zodiac while Chandra takes 28 days. Shani is the ruler of the Purnima tithi, which is the tithi of full moon. The moon’s giving is greatest at that time due to the austere influence of Shani on the already nurturing moon. Both Shani and Chandra are exalted in signs of Shukra (Venus) and debilitated in signs of Mangala (Mars). The moon does not do well in the dustana houses signified by Shani, especially in the 8th, where she is in her house of Marana karaka stana (death-like suffering.)
Chandra’s sign of exaltation and Moolatrikona is the fixed earth sign of Taurus, ruled by Shukra. Like Chandra, Shukra is a watery (jala tattvah) planet. The fixed earth qualities of Taurus provide some stability to the waxing and waning moon, and the water element is also supported as the ruler of Taurus, Shukra, is also a jala tattvah planet.
Chandra is the significator of the 4th house, so we look to the 4th house from the moon to understand our abilities to heal. Malefic influences there will interfere with the healing process, while benefics will help.
Part Two- The Rashi Chart in Health and Disease
Now let’s consider some charts keeping in mind the importance of Shani in disease, and Chandra in healing. First, let’s review a list of the most important factors to consider when looking at the rashi chart for health matters.
Case One: Died of Lupus:
Lupus is a chronic disease characterized by the immune system attacking the body. In severe cases such as this one it can lead to death. The water element is crucial for the immune system; people with chronic immune problems will have afflictions to the water element in their charts as signified by Moon and Venus. This person died from kidney complications due to the lupus attacking her kidneys.
Case Two: Her sister: Lupus but still alive. The native is the sister of the above case. This woman was diagnosed with lupus as a teen, has had lupus and other auto immune conditions all her life, and spent her teenage years and early 20s on heavy steroids to keep her immune system in check. Presently she is on homeopathy and doing well.
Case 3: A Healthy Guy: In comparison to the charts of the chronically ill people we have been studying, let’s take a look at the chart of someone is apparently boisterously healthy, successful, and full of energy. Here is the chart of Arnold Schwarzenegger, the illustrious movie star/governor of California. Famous for his magnificently sculpted body, he was chosen as “Mr. Universe” five times. He had elective surgery to replace a heart valve on April 16th, 1997. He had not been sick but had it done to avoid future problems. Vara lord and AK are both Mars.
Part III – Divisional charts for health and disease.
This chart is found in Pt Sanjay Rath’s work Divisional Charts and their Applications.
D-1 to D-12
D-13 to D-24
D-37- to D-48
D-49 to D-60
To fine tune our understanding of the native’s health, we use divisional charts to show us different aspects which influence health. The lower divisional charts, D-1 through D-12, are the primary cycle of charts which relate to the body and the physical plane. From this group we use the following to look more closely at health problems:
We have already looked at the rashi chart in detail, now we will describe the other primary divisional charts involved in health and disease.
D-3 (S)The Somanatha Drekkana chart shows our Ojas (vitality). Ojas is derived from the water element and gives the body the power to recuperate. In the Somanatha drekkana chart, the water element should not be afflicted.
This chart, along with the D-6 chart, give information that is important to health practitioners that work with the body’s own energies. This chart gives an indication of the state of vitality. The depletion of Ojas takes place continually from age 18 in a steady progression, but can worsen with challenging transits.
Toxic treatments such as radiation, chemotherapy, and immunosupressants may keep deadly diseases such as cancer at bay, but these treatments also weaken the Ojas. Holistic treatments such as Aryuveda, homeopathy, and Traditional Chinese medicine strengthen the Ojas.
The element that opposes water is fire. The fire will boil the water away, causing depletion of Ojas. Sun and Mars are the fiery planets that can afflict the lagna or moon by conjunction or aspect in this chart, causing the Ojas to be destroyed.
If the fiery planets are afflicting the moon rather than the lagna, the disease is caused more by a mental state such as chronic depression. In this case, the prognosis may be more hopeful as the lagna itself is not afflicted.
The air element dries the water up, so the airy planet Saturn is also harmful for Ojas. If Saturn is afflicting the lagna or moon, the Ojas will be harmed. Rahu is also considered very harmful to Ojas.
Death is end of Ojas, so the 2nd house, which is the natural maraka or killer house, or sometimes the 8th house in this D-3 chart will be afflicted in chronic disease. Any planet in the second house, or the lord of the second house, can also destroy the Ojas.
D-6 This chart shows the movement of pranas, the air element, in the body. As in the Somanath Drekkana chart, the second house the worst. The second lord is maraka (killer) to the lagna. We study the planets in 2nd house, as well as the second lord, and planets that conjoin the 2nd lord to see the afflictions to prana in this chart. The sixth house, the natural house of disease, should also be considered.
The lagna in D-6 shows the good things, what will protect health. We study everything good from the first house, everything bad from the second house.
Signs that are aspecting the second house can also bring death and disease. Signs that are aspecting the lagna in D-6 can bring health and long life. We also view these placements from Chandra lagna.
D-9 The navamsha chart is crucial as it shows the overall fortune of the person. If planets are afflicted in this chart, they cannot give good results even if they are well placed in the rashi chart. Malefics in the 4th house in this chart can cause troubles with health. The second house of the navamsha shows the major failings of the person; the sun placed here can indicate a failure of health.
D-30(S) Shastiamsa - like Trimsamsa. In addition to these first harmonic charts, we use a chart from the second harmonic cycle which relates to the subconscious plane and the 6th house, which is the house of punishment and disease. This D-30 S is mentioned in Jataka Parijata. It is a trimsamsha chart which is made like a Shastiamsa (D-60) chart. It relates to the 6th house as we are left with the 6th house when we remove 2 cycles of 12. We must see the planets in the 8th and 12th houses in this chart. Planets in these houses will be malefic for health. Diseases shown in this chart are very deep rooted, as D-30 is on the subconscious level, the 3rd harmonic.
If the 8th lord is in lagna in this chart, the disease will be bad but curable. If lagna lord goes to the 8th house, it is worse and the condition may be incurable. Lagna lord in the 8th house may indicate mental disorders as the lagna signifies intelligence.
D-60 If the birth time is accurate, we can also do a reading of the chart from the 4th harmonic or supra-conscious plane which tells us about the past life. The status of the atma karaka in this chart is particularly important. The lagna shows the connection between the past life and the current life. We read the chart from the Arudha Lagna, and note the type of death in the 3rd from AL.
Case Four: Cancer, Alcoholism, and chronic inflammation.
The native had rectal cancer, which was misdiagnosed by several doctors as a hemorrhoid for almost two years until January 2006. Before that she had suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome from 1986, colitis from 1996, bladder cancer in 2000, and interstitial cystitis from 2001. Depression started in childhood and alcoholism started at age 14 and lasted until June 5, 2005.
In spite of, or perhaps because of, this painful history, she is a kind and compassionate person who works as a counselor for children who suffer from cancer.
Mental Illness Charts
Mental illness also shows up readily in the rashi chart. For mental illness we must note the following:
Important Divisional charts include:
Vimsottari dasa shows how the state of consciousness changes at different times of life according to the gunas of the planet ruling the maha dasa and antar dasa. For example, a person in A Jupiter dasa would be in a more sattvic frame of mind while a person in Saturn dasa would more eaily have darker, more tamasic thoughts.
This is a sensitive young girl whose world started to fall apart just as she was trying to finish college. Her extreme artistic nature and sensitivity and sense of isolation got the better of her and she felt the ocean waves, the sun, and the blueness of the sky were responding to her emotions. An organization took over her town and was trying to determine if she were Buddah or Jesus. The sky changed color more gracefully when she talked.
Then she got really scared and thought the planes flying overhead were coming to take her back to Tibet. They were running her through tests to see how compassionate she was. It was so scary she started to think that maybe it was all delusion. She ended up in the hospital and was put on a conservatorship, which means she is a ward of the government and has no personal rights.
To Do: Analyze the factors that determine mind, emotions, and consciousness as listed in the points above. Also, answer the following questions:
This young woman also suffers from schizophrenia; her identical twin suffers from anxiety but is not schizophrenic. We can read her sister’s chart from the 11th house.
To do: Analyze the 14 factors, D-9 and D-30(S)
What is the effect of retrograde Jupiter in the 5th house?
Multiple Personality (Dissociative Identity Disorder)
In spite of a horrific childhood which fractured her personality, this woman is quite functional—she has held down the same job for many years and has friends and community.
To Do: Analyze the rashi chart; see D-9 and D-30(s).
Tutorials and conference teachings with Pt. Sanjay Rath
Navagraha Kosa by S.K. Ramachandra Rao Sri Satguru Publications, Delhi, 2005
Jyotisha Fundamentals by Visti Larsen, Sagittarius Publications, Delhi, 2005
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