Occasionally, when people find out that I’m an astrologer, they’ll ask, “can you give me the winning lottery numbers?” Many aren’t even joking. Obviously, these people don’t understand astrology but there is a common perception that it’s nothing more than seeing the future. Newspaper (and now Facebook) horoscopes hold the blame for most of this. There are legitimate event astrologers who can inform you of the best dates for a wedding or for surgery, and many astrologers will give you a short-term forecast, based on your personal chart. That’s not what I do.
Instead of “weather forecasting” (predicting what’s coming up in the next week or month), what I do is closer to predicting “climate change.”
Climate change is a significant and lasting change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns over periods ranging from decades to millions of years. It may be a change in average weather conditions or the distribution of events around that average (e.g., more or fewer extreme weather events).
When I look at a chart, I see where you’ve been and where you are, to see where you may be going. (I was going to give a climate-related analogy but realized I didn’t have the time to research anything that would be scientifically accurate!) I spend as much time look BACKWARDS, as looking FORWARDS.
The first clue to a person’s past is the SOUTH NODE. The South Node is the opposite of your North Node, which is basically, your life’s purpose. If your North Node is Aries, the South Node is Libra. If your North Node is Libra, your South Node is Aries. Here’s how the signs pair up into opposites:
Aries – Libra
Taurus – Scorpio
Gemini – Sagittarius
Virgo – Pisces
Further, if you know the exact time of your birth, you can learn more about your past (and present) by looking at the house in which your Node resides (every astrological chart is divided into twelve houses; each house rules a specific area of your life). If your North Node is in the first house (personal identity), your South Node is in the seventh house (relationships). If it’s in the second (self-worth), your South Node is in the eighth (sex, death, inheritance, taxes – seriously). Get the pattern?
When I first started reading charts for people, I had a client who had his North Node in Pisces in the fourth house. That means his South Node, or past life, was Virgo in the tenth house. He told me that his whole life, he had been worried about some “invisible danger.” He dreamed of an “invisible man” who wanted to kidnap him.
A person with a Virgo South Node has often had a previous life in medicine or a religious order – something with a lot of rules and regulations to follow. Tenth house represents career. My own intuition came into this as well, and I saw that in a previous incarnation, this client had been a doctor, battling a disease that was killing off his community. No one understood it. Everyone was afraid of it. My client had not been able to fight it. I asked him if this resonated in any way. He told me that his entire childhood, he used to read books about medicine and surgery. But, his interest in medicine waned as he got older.
I can usually glean further information about a past life by looking at the location of the planetary ruler of a person’s South Node. My South Node is Virgo in the tenth house (coincidentally, like the client mentioned above). The ruler of Virgo is Mercury. The tenth house is ruled by Capricorn. I have my moon conjunct (next to) Mercury in the sign of Capricorn. My Yin is, therefore, closely tied with my past life. It’s why many people tell me that I have a “strong past life presence.”
Other ways to look for past life clues are the houses of the “karmic planets” – Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto (yes, Pluto still counts in astrology). Houses are more important than signs with these planets because the karmic planets move extremely slowly (with the exception of Saturn). Whole generations will be born with these planets in the same sign. But, the house in which they reside will depend on time of birth. The asteroid Chiron (discovered in the late 1970s), can provide clues to karma and past lives as well. However, I’ve found that if I’ve “cracked” a chart, have seen how the person’s personality is designed to fulfill her life purpose, all these other planets will simply confirm my interpretation. At most, they provide more specific details. Usually, I will use the position of these “karmic” planets to verify my work – like a “proof” in mathematics. In other words, you don’t have to get caught up in every single bit of your chart to get the message.
Jeff Green, in his book Pluto: The Evolutionary Journey of the Soul, suggests that people who have Pluto in the fourth, sixth, tenth, or twelfth house, have switched genders this incarnation. Obviously, he is going by his personal intuition as well, as these kinds of things are difficult to verify independently.
When I first started reading charts, I was gifted the book Karmic Astrology by Ruth Aharoni. In this she compares charts of two individuals, and indicates how they may have been related in past lives. I’ve had a lot of fun comparing my chart with relatives and with past romantic interests. A little creepy that, according to Aharoni, my last boyfriend has been my brother or cousin in multiple incarnations! (But, this is not uncommon.) You can compare two charts using the free services at astro.com. Use the “extended chart selection” and choose “synastry charts” (I’ve got a webinar where I walk you through all the features of astro.com). From the combined chart, you may see how your planets relate to the planets of the other person. According to Aharoni, if your Saturn is “aspected” to a personal planet (sun, moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars) of the other person, or vice versa, that is an indication of a “karmic relationship.” The ways in which all the planets relate to each other will indicate the nature of the relationship.
As for the importance of understanding your past life, to bring clarity to your present, read Monica’s post from Sunday or my post from Wednesday. I have one client who is completely “mutable.” All of her planets are in Gemini, Virgo or Sagittarius. Mutables thrive on change. All her life people have been advising her to “pick one thing and stick to it.” Her past life, however, was completely “fixed.” I intuited that in the past (actually over more than one life), she had no liberty to change locations or jobs (perhaps a servant of some kind). This life, she is to move about and sample the wide variety of life’s offerings. That’s how she is wired. Knowing that, she can work WITH it. Make sure she has variety in her job, so she is less likely to leave it out of frustration. And she should have savings, as a “back up” in case she quits because it’s gotten too mundane. She should feed her need for variety by including different activities in her week. She also knows that she is not likely to succeed in an endeavor that requires lots of time and perseverance. Doesn’t mean she can’t try it but she should be aware of potential issues with that choice. Conversely, I see many clients with mutable past lives, who are wired to settle down in this life (ahem, Taurus North Nodes…). As I frequently say, what works for one person may be disastrous for another!
In lieu of a conclusion, which I just can’t come up with at the moment, I’ll ask, “do you have any questions?”