Sliding Doors and Alternative Universes in Vedic Astrology
As we start approaching the nodes changing sighs in March, the mind can get a bit caught in two planes as we discussed in our recent article on Nodes on the Edge.
For spiritual people, I think there are more choices on the karmic freeway. Sometimes we choose to get off at exit 6 and sometimes at exit 8 and in both cases, we may miss exit 7. I do sense that for spiritually developed people we are given more schools to grow in rather than hard and fast karma that hits in the face. If we do spiritual practice, give to charity and do service work we can shift our karma. If we are meant to get a bullet in the heart, maybe through spiritual practice it just grazes our shoulder or goes through our hat and misses us. Such is the power of spirituality.
Now in my 60’s, I have changed my focus from predictions and moved toward helping people understand the karmic schools that they are in and the needed karmic lessons. I think spiritual people who do spiritual practice are not always hit by hard karma at this point of their evolution but are given choices as to whether they are going to get it right this time in their work or relationship or taking care of their health.
It is always a lot like my favorite movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray. Do we make the same mistakes again and suffer or do we see our blind spots and make new choices? Spiritual awareness, grace, and meditation make a difference. We have choices at different junctures. I often see tendencies but I am reluctant to predict outcomes because we can make new choices and the light of the Jyotish Guru should help guide you.
Firstly, I do not think that everything in our life is written in stone and can be predicted with 100% accuracy. I often think there are alternative universes available that our free will and intention can shift karma. It’s a bit like that movie Sliding Doors with Gwyneth Paltrow. She meets one boyfriend when she catches the train and meets someone else when the doors close and she misses the train. Other science fiction writers have played with this theme of multiple possibilities. When we are aware of the problem and choose not to repeat the same mistake, we can create an alternative universe.
While some karma is unavoidable, we can meditate and do good deeds and become more conscious and aware. I think karma bounces back softer and that we are given schools of karma to work out and choices to make. Often, I think the astrology sets up a situation, and how we act upon it this time, is dependent on our judgment and free will.
Often clients want a definitive yes or no or that it will go a certain way and the best that astrologers can be is 75% accurate. More often than not, we can see the karma coming up but how you deal with it is up to you. Even if there is a health condition coming up, if it is connected to the 6th house, through discipline and diet, and awareness we can change the outcome. Eighth house karmas can be more difficult and more acute but even 8th house issues are beckoning us to transform and transcend and if we are on top of what we need to do for certain areas of our life, they do not have to hit us.
I think there are early warning systems available but once in awhile stuff hits us out of the blue.
When we are aware of the problem and choose not to repeat the same mistake, we can create an alternative universe. I often see in charts that the Dasha period will set up a school to bring up the issues but with meditation, service, awareness, and poise, we can make new choices and create an alternative universe. Hence, awareness from reading may allow us to see our blind spots.
So, conscious people who meditate and are aware can head some karma off at the pass and some can be mitigated through service work and good deeds and help us see unconscious patterns that we are blind toward. 12th house karma represents our blind spot because the 12th house is right before sunrise where we are blinded by the glare of the rising sun and cannot see clearly.
So, give astrology a chance from another perspective. It should do a lot more than predict the future and remember you do have free will so reading may change your outcome!
FINDING YOUR BLIND SPOTS USING ASTROLOGY (3rd Edition Revised And Expanded) By Barry Rosen