Certain astrological influences have created some challenges for the last few months. It can affect everyone in different ways but we are all under the influence of the general trend of the planetary positions. If you felt like you were experiencing on going health problems or supporting someone else with them, frustrations in your relationships or challenges and delays at work you were not alone.
Even if we cannot change the trend, understanding the energies the planets bring can help us to navigate through these times with some insight instead of being caught up in the drama of it all. At the same time it is important to take responsibility for our actions and not blame negative behaviour on the position of the moon.
It is all our own karma. We have probably all heard the terms. “Whatever you do comes back to you”, and “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”.
The study of Astrology is just about understanding when and how our karma will come back to us. It is not as if the planets out there in the solar system are plotting us help or harm. They are just a reference point for understanding our particular karma in this lifetime.
It is similar to studying the DNA. Our DNA contains the information about how we will look, likelihood of mental illness, tendencies towards certain diseases, etc. However a genetic predisposition towards cancer need not be a life sentence. The science of epigenetics investigates how these genetic expressions can be turned on or off depending on our current diet and lifestyle. Studies that followed identical twins with exactly the same DNA structure demonstrated significantly different health outcomes for each twin depending on how they lived and what they ate. So despite our genetic influences there is always room for free will.
We arrive in this lifetime with certain physical, socio-economic and cultural constraints. Seen from the astrological point of view, our present situation is determined by our past actions. However what we do with what we have then sows the seeds of future karma. Even without looking at lives beyond our present one, we can see this, when we have healthy meals, do some exercise, are nice to people and get enough sleep we feel better the next day.
Maintaining a healthy diet, regular exercise program and meditation practice is even more important when we are going through rough times in our life. Stress, excessive alcohol, dullness from processed food and lack of sleep will only contribute to short term thinking and poor decision making. Whereas the vitality after a yoga class or the relaxation after meditation helps you to put everything into perspective and face whatever challenges life may be bringing you.