While Western astrology is primarily predictive, Indian Vedic astrology offers solutions to planetary afflictions. I have often been asked if Reiki can help us overcome these obstacles and how.
Reiki can help tremendously curb the afflictions of our planets when practiced correctly. I encourage you to go beyond the consumer mind-set, beyond the desire and control mind-set, and beyond the temptation to use Reiki and the planets to get what you want. If this is your attitude, no solution will work beyond the short term and you can practice for decades with no results.
The first step is to understand that we are born with a certain planetary configuration by choice. It is not past karma punishing us but us at a soul level choosing these challenges in order to grow in compassion and maturity. So to begin with, we need to stop looking at the afflictions as something to be fixed, and more as a lesson to be learned.
Secondly, your horoscope is not a permanent, fixed thing but a directive, merely an indication of your starting line. For example, if you are planning on growing a garden, maybe your horoscope says that the east portion is dry and there is water logging in the South. Some limitations can be worked upon and resolved. Others cannot be transcended, like in this example if you have a garden in India, there is no way you can grow tulips or blueberries, but you do have a choice between having a beautiful garden and no garden. That is what astrological remedies are here for, to help you see what your flawed tendencies are, to shine a light on the things you can work on, and to help you change that.
So how does Reiki help to heal astrological issues?
If you simply do your daily morning and evening chakra practice and live with a little bit more surrender every day, then everything starts to heal by itself, and let me tell you how.
Sun represents the ego, energy and oneness, so if you have problems related to the sun, it is your ego that is causing problems, either low self-esteem or overconfidence depending on its position. The entire Reiki practice is centred around channelling the light and surrendering to it. The deeper this surrender is, the more the ego gets bypassed, and the sun, the ego is less hurtful.
The moon represents the mind and emotions. The more you practice Reiki, the more it helps you learn to manage your emotions. In fact, when we learned Reiki, we were taught to practice once a day. But I came across several clients who were completely calm and relaxed even though their lives were extremely hard, and when I asked them questions I realised they were practicing Reiki twice a day. So twice a day Reiki practice heals afflictions of the moon.
Mercury is the intellect, it is our capacity to think clearly. This takes about 3-4 months of Reiki self-healing to expand our clarity of thought and rational thinking.
An afflicted Venus will create out of bound desires and consequently either a whole lot of unfulfilled desires or excessive pursuit of things and pleasures and the related health and relationship consequences. The practice of surrender through Reiki practice will obviously lead the way out of this.
An afflicted Mars causes impulsive or aggressive behaviour, or power struggles and this heals through regular self-healing as well.
When Jupiter is afflicted, it causes problems due to over optimism. Saturn is afflicted, it causes laziness, pessimism and depression. Regular practice of Reiki opens our eyes. This takes 2-3 months of once or twice a day healing for you to feel the shift. The challenge with an afflicted Saturn however, still needs personal will to be overcome. If you have trouble sustaining a regular Reiki practice, there are issues with Saturn which will heal by pushing yourself to be regular. Discipline is one of the most powerful remedies for afflicted Saturn.
The north node Rahu causes mental illusions and illusions in relationships, the south node Ketu causes disillusion, deprivation and detachment. Reiki helps with both of these two, although in these two cases some additional practices might be needed.
If a planet is causing severe problems despite daily self-healing and you’d like to add a planet-specific Reiki ritual to your practice, ensure you have finished level 2 first, a minimum of 3 months of regular practice, because without this your intent will be less powerful. Imagine the planet in front of you, draw the symbols and respectively request to connect with the planet with the distant healing symbol, with the emotional healing symbol request the planet to bring about the emotional maturity to overcome the tendencies associated with that planet, and finally with the power symbol, request the energy to bring these changes into physical manifestation and into every single cell of your existence. Ideally do this just after your daily practice so that you are at your clearest energetic state.
Article by Ashwita Goel, Reiki Master
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Having learned Meditation as a child, Ashwita incorporated Reiki into her life during her early teens. After a decade of witnessing the magic Reiki, she felt compelled to take up Reiki professionally, and ended her corporate career in 2007, taking up Reiki full-time. She eventually incorporated EFT, hypnotherapy and past life therapy into her work. Apart from her healing work, she teaches Reiki and meditation, and her book ‘Healing Through Reiki’ is available on Amazon. She holds regular full moon and new moon meditations at www.youtube.com/c/ARTHReiki. Her website is www.reiki-bangalore.com and her blog www.ashwita.com