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Today I had lunch with some friends who asked me about my beliefs about astrology. I said that I believe astrology is a tool for awareness. We can't change something until we are aware of it. Astrology helps us become aware of ourselves - both our strengths and weaknesses, or our positive and negative karma. 

Our astrology chart is literally a map of our karma and reveals our journey through time. We use maps to navigate through space - astrology is a map to navigate through time. However, the problem with this analogy is that it sounds like our lives are set in stone, like a physical map. This is a misconception, because our karma is 'flexible.' It's because we can change our karma that astrology becomes useful and interesting. Astrologers aren't meant to just tell us what's going to happen, and then we sit back and brace ourselves for the ride. There's no value in that. Astrology is meant to be empowering, and is valuable because it reveals tendencies and potentialities, not definitions and inevitabilities. "Forewarned is forearmed" as they say. Armed with the knowledge of astrology we can make constructive changes that modify our karma. We created our karma by our past thoughts and actions, and therefore we can 'uncreate it.' We are the architects of our own destiny. 

While I believe our karma is flexible, it's more accurate to say 'relatively flexible.' I also believe that some experiences in our lives are destined, like meeting a spouse at a particular time. If this weren't true then predictive astrology would have no validity. Of the undesirable or negative karma, like a serious illness, I believe that it always can be modified at least to some extent - if not by remedial measures, then by the grace of God. Ultimately, I believe our lives are a dynamic interraction between both destiny and free will. 

Sometimes people ask me, "How can you give readings to people who are going through terrible time periods?" Frankly, it's because I don't believe in terrible time periods. I believe that from the soul's perspective there's only learning and growth. Our happiness at any given time is internally based, not externally. Usually the most difficult periods are the most transformative, and I could probably drop the word 'usually.' They just might not be easy time periods. 

I see astrology as a service and a helping profession. If it doesn't help improve people's lives, then I lose all interest in it. 

I like what the great sage Veda Vyasa said:

"Fate and free will are equally powerful forces. Yet I consider free will more important, because it is our conscious choices that create our fate." 

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Veda Vyasa