Law of physics says for every action, there is an equal and opposite amount of reaction. That’s the way science describes the law of karma. There are more than two kinds of karma according to Eastern philosophy, but these are especially relevant when we think about astrology.
1) What we may call Destiny karma: the fruit of the actions we performed in our past life.
These, supposedly, are set in stone and unalterable. Think of hitting a tennis ball as hard as you can to the nearby wall – you know it HAS to come back. We hit the tennis ball in our past lives, and now the tennis ball is coming back to us.
What kind of things does Destiny determine? I’ve read it has to do with our lifespan, certain types of sufferings we must go through, the kind of work we do, the amount of fame and wealth we are to have. I can add that who we have for our family is a destiny, since our parents are determined before our birth.
2) What can be called a Seed karma: every moment we sow a new seed of karma through our thoughts, words and actions. We will taste the fruit of our actions sooner or later, in this or the next life.
Astrology and Free Will
When astrologers project a future, most of the time there is an element of choice – the path of less suffering or more suffering; the path of responsibility or the path of victimization; the path of satisfying career choice or the path of unfulfilled potentials.
According to this philosophy of karma, some illnesses must be preventable (i.e. according to the Seed karma that we sow), while some of them probably aren’t (i.e. Destiny). Some relationships must be destined, while some of them might be unnecessary attempts to fill the emptiness within.
Even if some events are set in stone, there are many ways of arriving there – if we know that we’ll live until a certain date, we can choose to make the best of it or live in fear of death. If some marriages are destined, you can choose to bring love to it or die wishing you didn’t have to be married to the person you’re with. These are different types of Seeds that we sow, which will yield different fruits.
Astrology is most helpful if we can identify the potential of the natal/transit patterns as different paths to the future. Saturn really is the lord of karma, in that wherever it is in our birth chart, we have a choice to sow a seed; rather, we ARE sowing everyday, we just need to know what kind.
Saturn aspect to Venus can mean many things, but the stereotypical manifestation of “frustration in love” results from unloving thoughts toward ourselves and others (negative Seed). It can easily become a wise, mature way of giving love to self and others if we sow a different kind of seed through our daily thoughts, words and actions. I’ve seen some clients with this aspect who seem to be on this path of conscious loving, and it’s a beautiful process.
Beginners confuse the two types of karma – they think planets indicate unalterable destiny – most of the time planets give you a glimpse into the future paths, so that you will have a choice to sow some positive seeds. Astrologers are guides that show you the fork in the road – but you are the one that must choose the path.