by Robert Wilkinson
This is part of a response I gave to a client who wondered how Astrology fits in with fate, free will, karma, and other "spiritual" things. Some of you have read some of this before, and this article pulls together some far reaching concepts as well as some basic core principles and factors.
Regarding astrology, in a nutshell there are only two things that are "fated" in a life a) to be born where you were when you were to your parents, and b) the timing on certain choices. Everything else is free will, whether our own or another's. What choices we make are entirely up to us. When we must make them is built into our birth chart.
In this life we're either acting, reacting, or being acted upon. Astrology shows us our unique vintage, the qualities we are to master and use to help ourself, our loved ones, and our world to be a better place when we leave it than what was there when we were young. It can show us when we're apt to be challenged to right action, or right understanding, or non-action, or whatever.
Our astrological chart is a road map and a weather report, but the planets never "make anything happen." It is us who drive our boat, not some abstract symbolic pattern. However, we do live within a larger field, and that's what astrology helps us understand.
Astrology deals with patterns and cycles. We have physical-material cycles, emotional cycles, mental cycles, and spiritual cycles. These operate on three dimensions of human existence: the Personal, the Interpersonal, and the Transpersonal. These 12 frequency zones is where we work out many things.
We have both "big K" karma and "little k" karmas. Little karmas are those causes we've set into motion this life or another and must deal with, whether "favorable" or "unfavorable." "Big K" Karma are things like "acts of God," "Sacred Wounds," and other things that we may not have created per se, but will transform our lives forever and move us into the Great Mystery.
Everything that happens this life is a result of the hologram we created and perpetuated last life or choices we made or avoided in our past this life. It's our job to transmute the difficult experiences into love-wisdom and intelligent actions, thoughts, and feelings so that we don't have to do those difficulties again. Of course, as we learn so we will teach, or assist others in their understanding of those things we share with them.
Sometimes when difficulty arises, it's not necessarily due to our own actions in this life or another. Sometimes bad people do bad things to good people so good people can learn not to allow their kindness and compassion to be mistaken for weakness or a lack of spiritual clarity. We resonate to certain people, experiences, and truths, and do not resonate with others.
We all have gifts and a Higher Self to realize, apply, then skillfully utilize. We find our Higher Self through personality integration techniques that take us out of the ignorance, attachments, desires, aversions, illusions, and negativity of the lower ego while helping us explore and identify with Being our Higher Self, whatever that may be.
For more insights about Astrology, you may want to check out What Is Astrology? since it fills in some things I didn't really explore here. I also have quite a few articles covering the nature of Karma, Thought-Forms, and other Spiritual subjects in the archives which elaborate on those subjects, so enjoy exploring the gold mine!
© Copyright 2008 Robert Wilkinson