Masaru Emoto

Vedic astrology has become popular in the West as an impressive predictive system, but that’s
where its usefulness ends — at least as far as many people are concerned. The signs, for
instance, are rarely mentioned in Vedic chart analysis; that territory is left to Western astrology.
Recently, however, I came across a chart that strikingly demonstrates the relevancy of the signs
in the Vedic system, better than any chart I’ve seen. You may know of the Japanese scientist, Dr.
Masaru Emoto, whose groundbreaking research with water has earned him worldwide
recognition. In his New York Times best-selling book, The Hidden Messages of Water,1 Dr.
Emoto presents his stunning photographs of water crystals, which demonstrate how our
thoughts, and even symbols of our thoughts, actually affect the molecular structure of water. By
taking high-speed photographs of water frozen below –13o F, he discovered that the water
crystals that formed vary in shape according to the specific thoughts, music, written words or
even pictures that the water is exposed to. Beautiful, symmetrical water crystals develop when
the water was exposed to positive vibrations, while the opposite was the case when exposed to
negative vibrations. In February 2005, I met Dr. Emoto during one of his lecture tours in Hawaii
and got up the nerve to ask him for his birth data. I had to — I couldn’t miss the opportunity to
see his chart. “Sure, I love astrology,” Dr. Emoto said, as he wrote out his birth information. I felt
like a kid with a new toy. I couldn’t wait to go home, punch in the data, and start playing.

Water crystal photograph before and after healing prayer

What would the chart of someone devoted to researching water look like? When his chart
coalesced on the screen, everything you might expect was there. To begin with, most of his
planets are in the water signs Cancer and Pisces. Most of his planets are also in the 4th and 8th
houses (see chart below). These are considered ‘water houses’ since they correspond to the
water signs, Cancer and Scorpio respectively. Also, there is a tight trine between Jupiter and the
Moon, two watery planets, and both are located in water signs! Furthermore, Neptune, another
watery planet, is sitting close to his Midheaven. (However, the outer planets Uranus, Neptune,
and Pluto are not recognized in classical Vedic astrology) And if this weren’t enough, Dr. Emoto
has also been passing through a planetary period (dasha) of the Moon since about the time his
first book on water was published. The Moon represents — you guessed it — the water element.
My computer screen was fogging up from all the moisture!

The truly mysterious characteristic of his chart, however, is the density of planets in the 8th
house. Five planets are crowded there, including Pluto and Rahu (the North Lunar Node). At first
glance, this might confuse even a seasoned astrologer, since the 8th house is known as the
house of death, losses, obstacles, upheavals, chronic illness, and so on. You wouldn’t typically
expect this in the chart of someone with widespread fame and profound influence, since the 8th
house often represents challenges to career. In Vedic astrology, the 8th house is the most

Anyone who has read one of Dr.’ And that moment marked my first step on an adventure into a new and unexplored world. and 12th). 8th. Before Dr. or the life force. Masaru Emoto Sagittarius Rising Dr. What we imagine in our minds becomes our world. which is indicative of a Sagittarian job well done. as it does his fascination with Hado.”2 He had just embarked on the proverbial “endless journey.’ The next moment I thought. Emoto’s pioneering work. his Ascendant remains in Sagittarius in his Western chart as well.” Natal Chart Analysis Natal Chart of Dr. He writes.” the ideal situation for any Sagittarian. Emoto’s transformational research with water. Emoto’s Ascendant is at 5°27’ Sagittarius in his Vedic chart. . If I surprise you with the archaic word “malefic. clearly explains Dr. Sagittarius is the sign of the visionary teacher. ‘If I freeze water and look at the crystals.”3 Since Sagittarius is the mutable fire sign. We make it possible by our will. “What you really know is possible in your heart is possible. also known as the dusthana or trik houses.” suffice it to say that the 8th house is generally not pretty. no one had even ventured to photograph a water crystal even though our bodies and the Earth itself are comprised of approximately 70% water. Conveniently. and his spiritual mission to heal the Earth through “love and gratitude. This sign certainly describes his adventurous spirit and willingness to explore unknown territory through his research. He writes. each one will look totally unique.malefic of the three malefic houses (the 6th. “One day I casually opened a book to words that jumped off the page: ‘No two snow crystals are exactly the same. Emoto’s books knows that it’s easy to come away inspired and uplifted. a deeper understanding of the 8th house. However. as we shall see. That’s just one of the many things that I have learned from water.

Dr. feelings. and Pluto. and Pluto (as in Dr. Dr. too. The two luminaries. Rahu (the North Node of the Moon). Jupiter. the ruler of Sagittarius. Jupiter. five are in the cardinal water sign of Cancer. This certainly explains his affinity with the water element — and I don’t just mean that he likes baths or jumping in the ocean. the Sun. opposite the physical and tangible earth signs in the zodiac. The water signs are the subtlest and most intangible signs. Moon. In Dr. intuition. or significator of wisdom. along with the Ascendant. Jupiter’s gift is to teach. Mercury. intuition. The fact that the Sun.4 Think about it. Emoto’s chart is that he has six planets in water signs: the Moon. inspire. Rahu. They help us to adapt and mold ourselves into better individuals. you would expect to see strong influences in water signs in his chart. and receptivity. Emoto’s ability to assert his sensitive Cancerian traits confidently in the world. which suggests Dr. it stretches us out of our ordinary mind-sets. Mercury also represents career. are all in water signs (and water houses. Mercury. Emoto certainly wears the hat of a visionary spiritual teacher as well as that of a scientist. is a planet of expansive possibilities. and they like to encourage others to do so. and the Ascendant lord. For him to be able to sustain this kind of interest over an extended period of time. Sagittarius is the least likely to become stuck. Emoto blessing water . and uplift. is also located in a water sign. With a Sagittarius Ascendant. Of all the signs. empathy. Another of Jupiter’s names is jnana karaka. Emoto’s case) means that these become exceptional character traits. are the primary personality indicators. Just having the Sun and Moon in water signs would be enough to suggest someone with deep sensitivity. The water element takes us into the mysterious hidden realms of the imagination. the ancient language of India. Emoto began researching water in 1989. and therefore ruled by Jupiter. Of these six planets. ten years before his first book on water was even published. Emoto’s enduring interest in water research. the Sun and Moon. Emoto’s case. Adding Jupiter. Six Planets in Water Signs A striking feature of Dr.Sagittarians are good at exercising their creativity and will. He is actually called guru in Sanskrit. since it is the ruler of his 10th house. who represents our intellectual interests. Jupiter. as we shall see) explains Dr. and the unconscious. Mercury. Dr.

Emoto’s Pisces Moon helps him to take his research in surprising directions. without this. let’s look beyond the ordinary. “When your heart is open to possibilities. seeing beyond the obvious to a subtler level of profound insight. imaginative. this is definitely Dr. Emoto’s 8th house. there is no hope for liberation.”6 I have since learned. is transformation. the 8th house represents the greatest depth of insight. Emoto’s realm. you start to notice small things that can lead to enormous discoveries. The basic drive of the moksha. This makes sense. Within the water house trinity. the most profound sign. upheavals. obstacles. reflects this ability to trust his intuition. Emoto’s research reveals. Oddly enough. I knew with certainty that my hypothesis was correct and that the experiments would go well — I just knew it. they just got doubled — and then some. or water houses. these indications have little relevance to this analysis of Dr. Its purpose is to effect a deep shift of consciousness. The 8th is known as the house of change: intense. Every quality that can be ascribed to the water signs also applies to the water houses: subtle. This is why the 8th house is associated with occult knowledge. because (as I pointed out earlier) the water houses are opposite the earth houses. corresponding to Scorpio. some of which Dr. Therefore.Of all the water signs. or 12th houses. In Vedic astrology. With six planets in moksha houses. It’s bored with anything less. intuitive. chronic illness. Dr. If you thought Dr. 8th. Emoto’s watery qualities were already exceptional. It is preparation for the final stages of ego dissolution represented by the 12th house. Emoto. they are also in water houses. five line up in Dr. Emoto’s chart. The job of the 8th house is to take you the deepest.” 5 He reveals that his intuition carried him through the early stages of his research: “There was nothing to assure us that our efforts would eventually pay off. and issues of power and control. Pisces is the most sensitive and intuitive. hidden. etc. We’ve already mentioned that the 8th house is considered the house of death. His Pisces Moon. and each time I go snorkeling I’m amazed by another world that lies beneath the ocean — a world not seen from the surface. But it doesn’t just create upheaval and leave us in a sobbing heap on the floor. that works on a subtle yet profound level. They are the most mystical houses. the water houses are houses of depth. especially when making decisions regarding his work. sudden. I live in Hawaii. from someone who worked with Dr. these are also called moksha houses. mysterious. therefore. Special Emphasis in the 8th House Of these six planets in moksha or water houses. metaphysics. such as vibrational medicine. and psychology. . It also relates to the secrets of nature. Scorpio. and so on. losses. This is the level where Dr. and dramatic change. that he relies on intuitive guidance much of the time. It is where we face our most profound fears and psychological issues like the fear of death or separation. The farther below the surface the water houses take you. and Pisces. I never doubted that they would. Six Planets in Water Houses These six planets are not only in water signs. The 8th house. relates to transformational healing of body and mind. receiving a trine from Jupiter in Cancer. or houses of liberation. corresponding to the water signs Cancer. This is because they fall in either the 4th. the deeper the transformation. Likewise. Although this is true. and they relate to the transformation of consciousness. Emoto operates. He writes. to seek out root causes. intangible. It is the house of research because it is willing to explore the furthest beneath the surface.

respectively) form several examples of what is called a raja yoga. the most shakti. the Sun. which explains why the 8th house is known as the house of longevity. or energy. Dr. In Dr. or royal combination of planets. 5. good longevity. and vibrational medicine. Vedic astrology has hundreds of such yogas. Dr. prana. A raja yoga is formed when the ruler of a trinal house (1. transformational healing. Multiple Raja Yogas in the 8th House If we seek an astrological explanation for Dr. or as he says. Emoto leading experiment to cleanse Lake Biwa. Japan Here’s another point: The 8th house is not only the house of death (mrityu bhava). “Hado signifies the world of subtle energy related to consciousness. or 10). Likewise. 4. the 8th house. Emoto’s case. Emoto’s work has proven. each bestows different effects. and the life force. Emoto says. . As long as there is life force. 7. and Mercury. we will find it in a very special union of planets in the 8th house. it is also the house of life (ayu bhava). psychology. His raja yogas in the 8th house would also indicate. “to try to put Hado energy into a visible form by using water crystals as material and canvas. 9th. Emoto’s success. or life force. This is exactly what Dr. It would mean that we can literally transform ourselves and our world. Emoto’s water research. It’s interesting that Dr. an old Japanese word synonymous with chi. was fueled by his fascination with Hado (rhymes with “shadow”). 7th and 10th houses. (the rulers of the 1st. Quantum physics demonstrates that the highest concentration of energy lies at the subtlest level. there is no death. on a personal level. 4th. and a profound sensitivity to subtle energy. Dr. or planetary combinations. in typical 8th-house fashion. is associated with the subtlest house. that he has a strong life force. Raja yogas increase the success and status of the individual by enhancing the positive indications of any house in which they’re located. Jupiter.” 8 If one could demonstrate that our thoughts actually affect the molecular structure of water. or 9) combines with the ruler of an angular house (1. Emoto received his doctorate in alternative healing. occult studies. It is the house of subtle energy — chi.” 7 His main interest in photographing water was to make the intangible tangible. this indicates an exceptional ability to succeed in 8th-house areas like research. the implications would be vast.

This is an extremely spiritual. in the 4th house of the mind and emotions. Each major chapter or mahadasha (great dasha) ranges from 6 to 20 years in duration. Not only are they in a tight trine within one degree. the Moon generally represents water. and expansive combination. This brings in a strong influence from the 8th house during his Moon dasha. The Moon is the lord of the 8th house. The Moon is a sensitive. Dr. or parivartana yoga in Vedic astrology. the dashas reveal when. psychology. These are then broken down into sub-dashas (bhuktis) and sub-sub-dashas. and focuses on healing the mind. and success. The planet’s general characteristics and what it represents in the chart become highly activated during this time. the timing of events is indicated through the analysis of the dashas (planetary periods). It creates a much closer connection. . His work involves water. Emoto’s Moon dasha period. he’s an international phenomenon. This is called a mutual reception. like a wedding. the planet of wisdom. the mother. care- giving planet. like a chapter in the book of one’s life. Although transits and other methods also play a role in the timing of events. and the mind (manas) — our thoughts. he was virtually unknown.Dasha Analysis The Phenomenal Success of His Moon Dasha If the raja yogas in the 8th house indicate Dr. have contributed the most to the popularity of Vedic astrology in the West. receiving a tight trine by Jupiter. indicating a focus on research. During this period. especially outside of Japan. but Jupiter is also located in the Moon’s sign. then what accounts for the extraordinary heights of success he’s reached in just the past few years? Before the year 2000. and subtle vibrational healing. How can this be explained astrologically? In Vedic astrology. Messages from Water. watery planets. intuitive. nine months after he published his first book on water research. These general qualities are represented in Dr. spiritual transformation. which allow us to progressively define narrow ranges of time. as a unique predictive system. feelings. between the two planets. The next step is to look at the Moon’s position in his chart and the aspects and yogas that it is involved in. Jupiter’s influence also gives him abundant opportunities to travel and teach. Emoto began his ten-year mahadasha of the Moon in March 2000. Now. Emoto’s overall success. A dasha represents a segment of time that is ruled by a specific planet. and spiritual sign of Pisces. he has achieved phenomenal fame. the dashas. The Moon is placed in the sensitive. positive. is service-oriented. wealth. Jupiter and the Moon’s aspect is a phenomenal connection between these two benefic. and perceptions.9 The natal chart shows what is likely to happen in one’s life. For instance. and Moon dashas are often periods of service to others. Think of the dasha planet as being turned on like a light switch. while the Moon is located in Jupiter’s sign. from the 8th house.

In a recent interview he was asked which water crystal photograph had the most profound effect on him. the water around us and in our bodies changes so beautifully. interested in the welfare of humanity. the sign of its exaltation. which forms a raja yoga. his book. For instance. he had already passed from his Jupiter sub-dasha and was then in his sub-dasha of Saturn. The Hidden Messages of Water. He was on a world speaking tour. “A water crystal after showing the word: "Love and Gratitude. Jupiter is also in Cancer. By placing the Ascendant where the Moon. With this understanding of the Moon and Jupiter’s extraordinary connection in Dr. Seeing these repeated patterns helps us to build solid conclusions regarding the results of a dasha period. which heightens Jupiter’s benefic qualities. hit the New York Times best-seller list. Sun. The special connection between the Moon and Jupiter (discussed above) then becomes a combination of the rulers of the 1st. you’ll see that they form raja yogas in every case (but not from the original Ascendant). we can’t forget that Jupiter is in multiple raja yogas with Mercury and the Sun. is it any wonder that he was instantly catapulted into fame and fortune during the Jupiter bhukti of his Moon dasha? This 16-month period saw the release of the movie. both personal and planetary. Just by expressing love and gratitude. An important technique in Vedic astrology is to analyze the chart from variousalternate Ascendants. Emoto’s dramatic rise in success and status is strongly reinforced during his Moon dasha. Jupiter becomes the ruler of the 1st and 10th houses and is placed in the 5th house. when you make the Moon in Pisces the Ascendant.” 11 Dr. there is nothing more important than love and gratitude in this world. Emoto has been on a mission to share his message of love and gratitude during his Moon dasha. Emoto. His answer was. Emoto’s chart. This indicates that Dr. including ourselves. he mentioned that his health was suffering but that he felt guided intuitively to do the world . when you look at his connection between Jupiter and the Moon from each of these alternate Ascendants. When I met Dr. What the Bleep Do We Know? which highlighted his water research.” 10 He writes. 5th and 10th houses." I found this to be the most beautiful and it touched my heart immeasurably. Shortly thereafter. In Dr. “Indeed. Water crystal photograph "Love and Gratitude" But it gets even better. Jupiter is a spiritual teacher or missionary. Dr. Also. which naturally comes about as we express love and gratitude toward everyone and everything. or mahadasha planet is located gives a more complete picture of the likely effects of a dasha period. Emoto’s chart. Emoto’s message is of transformational healing.

m. Emoto. cares to look beneath the surface. and public speaking. 1943. transformation. why Dr. since each one adds to a clearer interpretation. Saturn is placed in his 6th house of illness.m. The more the merrier. Dr. in typical 8th-house fashion.tour anyway. She later quoted the time of 4:50 p. As I mentioned. from 1994 to 2000. Yokohama. Dr. the Sun is within 5 degrees of Mercury. Hawaii. Dr.Feb 2006. Emoto will remain in his Moon mahadasha until March 2010. During that six-year mahadasha period. Vedic astrology is a powerful predictive system that typically has little to say about the signs in chart interpretation. “[Western] astrology is heavily weighted toward signs and only makes a cursory nod toward houses. He has many influences in water signs and water houses by watery planets. Japan (35°N26'. from an astrological standpoint. The influences of the houses and the signs must certainly apply in both Vedic and Western systems. like Dr. . Emoto as giving him the time of 4:45 p. the Sun joins Mercury and Jupiter to form several raja yogas in the 8th house of research. 139°E39'). JST. which there certainly is. January 2006 – June 2007 marks his sub-dasha of Mercury. especially Jupiter and the Moon. which is quite the opposite of Western astrology. Chart Data and Source Dr. and subtle energy. Hawaii Conclusion By now. which indicates an increasingly career-oriented time of writing. publishing. after a lecture in Maui. Dr. July 22. As James Coleman points out. he wrote many books on Hado and conducted his ongoing experiments with water. We astrologers love to find repeating patterns like this. Maui. A: Author quotes Dr. Emoto and Vaughn Paul . Emoto’s Moon mahadasha represents a time when he is able to reap the benefits of the research and writing that he accomplished in his Sun mahadasha. Emoto asked author to contact his older sister to confirm.”12 These imbalances are certainly optional — not eternal verities. In his chart. I see them as untapped resources available to anyone who. 4:50 p. the planet of writing. indicating the potential for health challenges during his Saturn sub-dasha. if there’s any validity to them.m. it should be abundantly obvious. It emphasizes the houses. Emoto is engaged in water research of a transformational nature. Masaru Emoto.