November/December 2003 Cosmic
The Quadrangle: Landing Strip of the Angels
by Dr. Kathleen Keogh, Vedic Palmist-Astrologer
In order to interpret the heart line, we need to examine it in relation to
the head line. Together they create an area known as the quadrangle (a
four-sided shape with opposite lines of equal length), sometimes called the
"landing strip of the angels." These lines are inseparable and
represent the two sides of our nature: the heart indicates our feeling or
positive (+) pole represented as the potential for unconditional love, or
devotion. The head, our reason or negative (-) pole, indicates the mind behind
our emotions, our feelings in terms of our diverse emotional reactions to
As we learn to stabilize the head line, we begin to transform our subjective,
personal emotions (how we think we feel) into objective, impersonal devotion,
the inherent nature of our soul indicated through the heart line. The length of
the lines, the distance between the lines, the position of the lines and their
formation on the hand all determine the extent to which the quadrangle is
The two lines of heart and head should be equal in length, not touch, as any
joining or overlapping creates a short circuit similar to that in electricity.
Ideally, these lines should have a slight tendency towards an hourglass shape
with the distance between them neither too narrow nor too wide. Lastly, given
that the heart and head lines are balanced with each other, the quadrangle it
forms should be positioned neither too high in the hand nor too low.
It takes effort to develop a balance between these two aspects of ourselves.
For example, if the head line overpowers the heart line, we may rationalize our
feelings. If the heart line overpowers the head line, we may be emotionally
biased when we make decisions. When we achieve a balance between our reason and
feeling, neither one pulls the other out of alignment. In the peace and serenity
created through this equilibrium, we become receptive to "angel
visits" in the form of good friends, wise teachers, visionary dreams,
intuition and sound advice.
The Effects of a Balanced Quadrangle
In Eastern metaphysics, there are two currents called pingla and ida that
circulate in our spine: one is hot and the other cold. They are represented by
the heart line and the head line respectively. When they come together, a third
current in the spine, called the sushumna, is activated. A balanced quadrangle
is produced by the blending of these warm and cool currents. They meet in the
sushumna creating a condition that, like Goldilocks porridge, is "just
right." On a physical level, this condition is experienced as a healthy
body temperature of 37º Celsius, which is felt as neither hot nor cold.
In the quadrangle, this neutral, balanced condition signifies a healthy
spiritual state of being. It is shown by free-flowing energy between the heart
and head, and emotional and physical ease. We feel free from distracting
circumstances and are able to both think objectively and feel lovingly.
Furthermore, within this calm interior environment, the ground is prepared for
greater wisdom and receptivity.
A balanced quadrangle denotes reliability and maturity. There is a conscious
awareness that life has a purpose, and that we have something useful to
contribute to humanity. When passions overrule reason or logic subdues emotions,
satisfying relationships are unlikely to flourish. Balance in the quadrangle
indicates that we are ready for unconditional love: we are open to receiving
love but do not demand it. When the mind is quiet and the heart is still we can
enter into that sushumna state of inner peace. It is a state of loving with
ourselves, with friends, with lovers and with God.
The Importance of the Distance Between the Lines
Whether in nature or spirit, everything in the universe is polarized. We
define "day" in terms of "not-day," which is
"night." There is always a positive (+) pole, as characterized here by
the heart line, and a negative (-) pole, by the head line. A magnetic field
becomes discernible when two magnets are slowly brought together. The strength
of the field can be increased or decreased by narrowing or widening the gap
Balanced Distance Between the Heart and Head Lines
The same electromagnetic dynamics found throughout the universe are also
found in the hands. We are all human magnets. We attract or repel people and
circumstances into and out of our lives. This magnetic energy is found in the
quadrangle. The distance between the heart and head lines determines the degree
to which the quadrangle is balanced. A certain amount of tensionneither too
much nor too littlebetween the head and heart is necessary to create synergy.
The space created between the head and heart lines, wherein neither line pushes
or pulls the other out of its natural placement, creates an ideal "landing
strip for the angels."
Vedic palmist-astrologer Dr. Kathleen Keogh is Vice-President of the Birla
Vedic Network and co-author with Guylaine Vallée of "The River of Life: An
Unforgettable Journey Within." She has created a series of Vedic palmistry
and astrology courses with the founder of the Palmistry Center in Westmount
(Montreal) Canada, Rev. Dr. Ghanshyam Singh Birla, with whom she has worked
since 1975. For information, call the Vedic Sanctuary, Inc. at 971-226-6201 or