Karmic Astrology ~ “Why am I here?”

Your Life’s Purpose

Karmic Astrology is not just one of the most valuable bits of astrological information available to anyone who has ever asked the questions, “Why am I here?” or “What is my life’s purpose?”

It is also the name of a series of books written by Martin Schulman in the late 1970’s.

Karmic Astrology is practiced by some astrologers who believe in reincarnation though the concept of Karma is not always associated to Indian religions. Indeed, Edgar Cayce, a devout Christian, professed that the position of the planets at birth records the time spent by the souls on other planets (or perhaps their spiritual counterparts) in between incarnations. Some karmic astrologers have professed they can read the person’s karma in a Natal chart by studying in particular Lunar nodes and retrograde planets.

Reincarnation is the religious or philosophical concept that the soul or spirit, after death, begins a new life in a new body that may be human, animal or spiritual depending on the moral quality of the previous life’s actions.

This doctrine is a central tenet of the Indian religions and is a belief that was held by such historic figures as Pythagoras, Plato and Socrates. It is also a common belief of pagan religions such as Druidism, Spiritism, Theosophy, and Eckankar and is found in many tribal societies around the world, in places such as Siberia, West Africa, North America, and Australia.

Although the majority of sects within Judaism, Christianity and Islam do not believe that individuals reincarnate, particul, and the Shia sects such as the Alawi Shias and the Druze and the Rosicrucians. The historical relations between these sects and the beliefs about reincarnation that were characteristic of Neoplatonism, Orphism, Hermeticism, Manicheanism and Gnosticism of the Roman era, as well as the Indian religions has been the subject of recent scholarly research.

In recent decades, many Europeans and North Americans have developed an interest in reincarnation. Contemporary films, books, and popular songs frequently mention reincarnation. In the last decades, academic researchers have begun to explore reincarnation and published reports of children’s memories of earlier lives in peer-reviewed journals and books. Skeptics are generally incredulous about this and any other claims of life after death.

Other astrologers, such as Dane Rudhyar’s protégé Alexander Ruperti, have lectured that everything in the Natal Chart is karmic.

Karmic astrology is based on the position of the north and south lunar nodes and their connection to our karma, former lives and our current incarnations.

Every planet has nodes, but it is the lunar nodes that are particularly telling of your life’s purpose.

How the nodes are calculated and exactly what they are is a whole astronomy lesson that can be easily researched. What I want to relate to you now is their importance in revealing your life path and how knowing what signs they’re in can put you on the road to a successful incarnation in this life right now. This is one of the reasons why astrology is such a powerful tool.

The south and north nodes are always in opposite signs. For example, if you were born with a Leo north node, your south node is in the opposite sign of Aquarius. An astrologer can tell you what sign and what house the north node was in at your time of birth, giving you further clues to your life’s purpose.

The South Node

The south node represents our past lives. It embodies all the tools we come into this life with based on lives we have lived previously. It contains the traits of the people we were, and it is ingrained in us. Similar to your rising sign, your south node sign is what you bring forth in your personality in your daily existence in the world. This might be where the term “stuck in the mud” came from, because as comfortable as these traits are, they are traits of your past and the very traits you are trying to move away from in this world so you can experience something new in this life.

If you don’t continually move forward in life, if you rely on what is comfortable and never strive for something new, you can get “stuck in the mud,” and consequently feel stifled, annoyed and even angry at the world. Do you feel stuck in the mud? If you want help moving your life forward, talk with astrologer Psychic Alison ext. 9885.

The North Node

Fortunately your life is designed to lead you on a path towards your north node destiny—you sort of grow into it. And while there’s always free will, your north node may be the closest thing to the exception. However, without full knowledge of what your path is and what it could lead to, a lot of stuff can get in the way and you may not exactly achieve your full potential. That is where an astrologer can help you decipher the north node meanings, and that will put you on a direct path to fulfilling your life’s purpose.

Astrology, in its broadest sense, is the ‘search for meaning in the sky’. It has therefore been argued that astrology began as a study as soon as human beings made conscious attempts to measure, record, and predict seasonal changes by reference to astronomical cycles.

Early evidence of such practices appears as markings on bones and cave walls, which show that lunar cycles were being noted as early as 25,000 years ago; the first step towards recording the Moon’s influence upon tides and rivers, and towards organizing a communal calendar.

Agricultural needs were also met by increasing knowledge of constellations, whose appearances change with the seasons, allowing the rising of particular star-groups to herald annual floods or seasonal activities.

By the third millennium BCE, widespread civilizations had developed sophisticated awareness of celestial cycles, and are believed to have consciously oriented their temples to create alignment with the heliacal risings of the stars.

There is scattered evidence to suggest that the oldest known astrological references are copies of texts made during this period.

Two, from the Venus tablet of Ammisaduqa (compiled in Babylon around 1700 BCE) are reported to have been made during the reign of king Sargon of Akkad (2334–2279 BCE).

Another, showing an early use of electional astrology, is ascribed to the reign of the Sumerian ruler Gudea of Lagash (ca. 2144–2124 BCE). This describes how the gods revealed to him in a dream the constellations that would be most favorable for the planned construction of a temple.

However, there is controversy about whether they were genuinely recorded at the time or merely ascribed to ancient rulers by posterity. The oldest undisputed evidence of the use of astrology as an integrated system of knowledge is therefore attributed to the records of the first dynasty of Mesopotamia (1950–1651 BCE).

The system of Chinese astrology was elaborated during the Zhou dynasty (1046–256 BC) and flourished during the Han Dynasty (2nd century BC to 2nd century AD), during which all the familiar elements of traditional Chinese culture – the Yin-Yang philosophy, theory of the 5 elements, Heaven and Earth, Confucian morality – were brought together to formalize the philosophical principles of Chinese medicine and divination, astrology and alchemy.

Advocates have defined astrology as a symbolic language, an art form, a science, and a method of divination.

Although most cultural systems of astrology share common roots in ancient philosophies that influenced each other, many have unique methodologies which differ from those developed in the West. These include Hindu astrology (also known as “Indian astrology” and in modern times referred to as “Vedic astrology“) and Chinese astrology, both of which have influenced the world’s cultural history.

Regardless of your family or origin conditioning, the sky has been a means of guidance since the beginning of records, and why not use this source of information as part of your journey in this life, in this human form? Life is an Adventure just waiting to Happen – the choice is yours – Take Action !!!

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