The Concept of Karma

What is Karma? Karma simply means ‘action’. Its logic is that everything that exists has its own cause behind it, that once upon a time, this effect felt in the present had a causative mover behind it.

I contemplated a lot these days as to see how I can incorporate it into my approach to astrology, and found out that whenever a certain planet is activated in your horoscope, for example through Firdaria, that planet brings its own Karma with it: in both accidental and natural significations.

I am currently in Mercury/Venus Firdaria, and I found out that I am constantly having romantic feelings on the fore of my being, feelings which I can track back to my teen days when Venus ruled Firdaria on a general level. These feelings mixed with different inner states (some negative some positive, according to the appropriate experience) were started back then when I had romantic encounters and now these same feelings are triggered once again. This Karma on an inner level. But also on an outer. The outer circumstances are bringing the environment that would stimulate these feelings inside me. Where is the Free Will? In healing the Karma if it is negative, and embracing the positive. We do have the power to choose. It would have been very sad if we have not. Don’t believe that we and our lives are 100% predetermined, that is for the lazy people with emotional masochistic tendencies.

So basically, each planet in your horoscope has its own Karma with it. It is activated whenever that planet rules the times through some timing technique. One could enter into deep philosophical discussions as to whether there are past lives, who controls that Karma, etc. I found out that from a practical viewpoint, one doesn’t need that in order to live its own astrology, to learn about the causes and effects, and to learn how one can evolve above them with the purpose to live more full and enriched life inside the scope of its own conditioning.

Think about these concepts and find your own truth, of course, with the guidance of the astrological principles.

Tip for Dealing with Clients

Here is one tip for those who are dealing with clients in their astrological work. Be aware of the temptation to make decisions for their lives. Often times when people are indecisive, go to diviners of different types in order to hear from the diviner what is about to ‘come’ in their lives. This puts great amount of responsibility on the shoulders of the astrologer. I do believe we have free will inside the conditioning of our chart/life, so because people are too lazy (and we all are pretty damn lazy to use our free will!) to use their free will inside the patterns of destiny, doesn’t mean that you as an astrologer should do this for them.

Lot of Mother in 12th Sign of Bad Spirit

I am looking at a charts of two brothers who are having problems with alcoholic mother who works against their best interests.
It is intriguing to see how both have the Lot of Mother in the 12th sign of Bad Spirit. But not only this, both have the Lord of 12th turned away (in aversion) to the 12th sign. I suppose (among the other factors involved) the 12th sign position is not enough, and the position of the Lord in adjacent sign is accentuating this poor position of the Lot in the 12th sign. I have seen other charts with Lot of Mother in 12th but with good Lord and in regard to the sign, and there were no problems with the mother, especially in charts where there are other strong indicators for good relationship with the mother. This is why it is important to count the factors and to see the chart as a whole.

Tip for horary

Those of you who ask [horary] questions these days, and if you happen to be ‘lucky’ to have Venus/Mars involved in the question as the significators, would witness interesting configuration where Venus seeks application toward Mars by square with reception, but Mars escapes and Jupiter cuts Venus’ light seemingly destroying the matter. But if Jupiter is in some powerful angle, and receiving Venus’ disposition in its exaltation and angle, being through beneficent trine, may bring the matter to realization. Interesting heavenly playground nevertheless. 🙂

I may provide an example these days.

Chaos, Order, Change and the Cycles

It is interesting to ponder on the concept of ‘change’. After listening to Bernadette Brady’s lecture on chaos theory and when one gets off its head from the deterministic concepts of the Stoics [though these are wrongly understood in general] one realizes that even inside the concept of fate, the pattern, or however you want to call it, change is possible and even this change is shown by the stars. I will give you an example.

As I mentioned many times this year, Lord of the Year in my nativity is Jupiter [I would say with Venus partnering because it is in the sign of the annual profections]. This means that Jupiter will dispose my beingness [esse] in this year, as well it will show outer circumstances and events happening around me, of which of course, I am a part. Now, Jupiter is after all, the greater benefic. Even though weakened in natal and in solar by accidental and essential circumstances of the charts, it is in the 11th house of the good spirit in the Solar Return. Now, through transit currently Jupiter transits my ascending sign Cancer, which is the place of its exaltation.

I do feel change growing on inside me: I start to think more positively about life, I was able to recognize many of my unconscious patterns that earlier governed my life in a compulsive way, and I feel urge to grow and work on bettering my life. Jupiter is really a liberator in this regard. It transits me (ascendant), my beingness, my psychology, my body, etc. I really have spent all these months working on my self with considerable amount of progress which is shown on the outer shell of me.

These are the times in which change is really possible. I know that last year, no matter how hard I worked on my self, Mars and Saturn were ruling the times, and I was surrounded by circumstances in which was very hard for me to practice self-development. I didn’t have so many insights as I have in this year, and my mind was not so sober as well. Planets seems to really dispose our essence, our beingness, especially those that in that particular time dispose the years of our lives. This can be really experienced only through constant thinking and realizations on the matter, this can’t be read and understood from the  books.

Now, another subject of pondering on my side is the subject of the cycles of which the earliest astrological authors spoke. When I now compare these two years (2012 and 2013) with the years 2000 and 2001, I notice the same patterns emerging, and guess what, this is shown by the profections going around through the 12 signs and getting back to the starting point (a cycle). Year 2000 was really bad year for me, but in 2001 I started a new cycle that brought me on a new path on self-discovery and this resulted with some new circumstances around me. You will notice that these 12 years cycles also correspond with Jupiter. In my case, they start when Jupiter comes to the ascendant.

We should really try to use these beginnings and grab the change that is emerging from the ‘chaos’, or from the ‘order’ [you choose].

Sun/Moon in 8th from 4th

Here is another interesting tip I noticed in my practice of observing different charts.

In a day chart the Sun [because it will rule the early years through Firdaria] and in a night chart the Moon [because it will rule the early years through Firdaria] positioned in 11th [8th from 4th] may bring a father who is absent from child’s life. It may be that his father and mother are separated and he lives with the mother, or it may be that the father travels a lot and the child feels him as absent from its life.

3 Charts with Venus in 9th House

I have noticed one interesting repetition of Venus in 9th house of people who were idolized [loved very much] by the masses.

The first chart is that of Marilyn Monroe:

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The second chart is of the famous Yugoslav and Serbian pop star Zdravko Colic [who was and still is a famous women heart-breaker in these regions of the ex-Yu countries]

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The third chart is of the Macedonian pop singer Tose Proeski, who tragically died in a car accident in year 2007. He was also very much adored by the public and especially by the female population. After his death, many here in Macedonia and the ex-Yu countries speak of him as a ‘sent from God’, ‘an Angel’, etc.

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Notice how Monroe and Tose both have Venus on Lot of Fortune in 9th house. Venus in 9th automatically aspects the ascendant sign through the very potent and beneficent trine. It seems that this position gives some graciousness to the native, some charisma which is noticed by the masses as a ‘God sent’, persons with ‘special mission’; people to whom the masses look up to, people who are adored by the masses as a sexual, lovable icon.

Sign of the Annual Profections in the Solar Return

Here is another chart factor I am observing on a repetitive basis in different charts. If the sign of the annual profections of the ascendant, fall as a sign of the descendant (7th house) in the Solar Return, it will activate the subject of partnership in that year, and if all other things remain equal, marriage. I have observed it in activating the subject of open enemies and forming of other types of partnerships too (not necessarily love). Other factors will tell you what of the above may prevail. Astrology is all about combining the different factors into a final conclusion (judgment).

Why Do We (traditional astrologers) Quote Often?

Why it is important to quote from the ancient masters of this art?

There are many reasons why we should quote them in our articles, delineations, conversations on the subject, etc. First of all, quoting them shows that we are still in the process of learning and that we are not ‘already there’, as many assume that are. Even though they call themselves ‘traditional astrologers’, they think that they are above everything theorized or practiced by the ancient astrologers, so they don’t find it necessary to read, investigate or put in use those principles that once were applied by these astrologers. For them quoting is a sign of weakness, of fear that you are hiding your self behind the words of some authority. This may be the case, I agree, but one can’t assume that always is the case. I am amazed by how people jump into conclusions very rapidly, from one to the another diametrically opposed.

Quoting is necessary for the true lovers of traditional astrology. We do not practice traditional astrology because it is fancy, because it gives us ‘mysterious’ title as traditional astrologer, or I don’t know what other kind of nominal advancement. The true lovers of traditional astrology love traditional astrology from every aspect: cultural, historical and astrological as well. Now, if you love traditional astrology, and you want to revive this ancient practice, how in havens name will you do that if you do not refer to the words of these astrologers? What will be the reference on your path, that you are doing well with the reviving or restoring of this practice? Quoting is just that, you refer to their words and you testify that you are on the right track, doesn’t necessarily mean that you are afraid to be yourself. Those who study ancient philosophy, who study Plato and Aristotle, also have the habit to quote, this is their anchor point that they are on the right track and going into right direction to understand those philosophers. We do the same. ‘To understand’ is the motivation, not some unconscious fear or neurotic trend to yield to authorities.

So, do not be afraid to quote just because some people are sarcastic and mocks you about it. Congratulate them instead, for their achievement of being ‘already there’ and ‘knowing everything possible on astrology’.

Example of L7 in 8th from 7th

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The importance of the promised in the birth chart.
The chart of the famous Italian portrait painter Pietro Annigoni with AA rating on astro databank. He was married to Anna Giuseppa Maggini who died out of illness. Pietro re-married after a couple of years being a widower.

We notice L7 Venus in 8th from 7th (death of his wife) in tight conjunction with Saturn who is lord of 6th from 7th (the illness of his wife)