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“Does the Natal Chart Indicate Destiny, Choice or Body Language?”


If astrology works and if it does predict correctly in our lives, then it must indicate that there is only destiny at work and as individuals we have no choice or decision in our future.  I bring this matter up after listening to some very respectable astrologers discussing the matter, defending both sides of the issue.  The following essay is my thoughts on the matter, and you as the readers have the right to decide what your conclusions will be.  In one respect I feel there are some parts of our future that is definitely destiny, that part of our life which we have no control of.  For example the family we are born to, our physical appearance, and our surroundings et cetera.  It is as if our soul and spirit is represented by a sail boat floating down a stream toward the lake of life, we might not be able to change the direction, but we can decide where we want to stop on the way down stream.  We also can decide how fast we want to go and if we wish to pass other boats.

Many years ago I had an astrological reading which stated I would live way into my nineties, which brought a couple of chuckles deep in side of me.  I didn’t want to express disrespect for the respected astrologer, that I was amused.  Later during my studies in astrology I learnt from “Ancient Astrology Theory and Practice – Matheseus Libri VIII by Firmicus Maternus translated by Jean Rhys Bram” that the ruler of the chart, which in my case was Mercury, indicated a long life into the nineties.  My point is, that part of the reading I can not change, but how I live my life is my choice.  How I keep my health, and whether I bring crisis or stresses into my world that might shorten my life span is my decision.  To me my world is partly destined for me in which I can not change, but I can decide how and the way I will travel the road in the direction which I can not change.  How I go through life is my choice, I can sail through it with a smile, with a positive attitude or go through life in the reverse.  I am the captain of my own boat and I can make the rules I wish to abide with.

I have noticed on my travels through life that I tried to use positive thinking to work with my subconscious and consciousness to bring the desired hopes and wishes to manifestation, but I found that my body language told another story.  When I thought I was giving an air of confidence, my body language showed insecurity.  This body language, and not destiny, helped to keep away the dreams and wishes which I was working towards.  Be careful not to blame destiny for our troubles, when it is just that some of our planets have not kicked in and started to do the work they were suppose to.  I noticed that as soon as my progressed Sun conjunct Jupiter my attitude and my body language began to change.  Remember whether we like it or not, people tend to judge us by our body language and action, and not by what we are outwardly saying.  The big lesson here is the old adage “A picture is worth a thousand words” can not be denied.  Now, to succeed in our dreams, we need to take the knowledge and wisdom of our natal charts and to combine it to our dreams and aspirations, and to make sure our body language and actions is equal to our hopes and dreams.


“The Second House of Finance Equals the Gate of Hades”


Being Asian I have a tremendous respect for my elders and their wisdom, especially the ancient wise men of old who recorded their knowledge that we may have use of it.  I also find it difficult to throw out the old ways just because they seem antiquated in our modern world.  Although I am a modern astrologer I love reading the older writings to understand how we came to the set of rules that we delineate a chart with.  What I have found with our art is that we have kept all the rules, but have forgotten the reasons how we came to them.  The other day I started to reread “Ancient Astrology Theory and Practice – Matheseus Libri VIII by Firmicus Maternus translated by the Jean Rhys Bram” and it stated that the second house of finance was called by the Greeks the Gate of Hell.  This aroused my curiosity and interest in understanding why the ancients came to this title.  I believe the ancients were very careful in choosing their symbols, glyphs and titles, so that the meanings would stay clear to all generations after them.

I first thought the old adage “Money is the root of all evil” and that “Money can’t buy happiness or love” might have triggered the thought that money will bring you under the spell of Lucifer or Satan.  This made sense, but it was too simple to connect money to evil, as I feel money and possessions can do good as well as evil.  I went searching on the internet, but came up with pretty much of the same thoughts, plus that the second house is opposite the house of death and that the second may indicate death.  None of this really made me feel the title “The gate of Hell” was justifiable.  Then it dawned on me that in a sense when it comes to worshiping money and honors that we become like Lucifer fallen from the grace of God.  It is like the robber barons that became so rich, that they thought they were gods, and were trying to control the lives of others.  The moment we think we can do anything we want because we think we are god, we will be driven from paradise and be placed behind the Gate of Hades.

What this should teach and remind us is that money and thoughts are possessions and it is not how much we have, but how we put it to use.  The moment these things become our gods, we become prisoners and the gates are not to lock us in, but to keep out others from stealing our things.  Greed, selfishness and fear kindle the fire of our own hell.  So be aware of what you wish for, and if you do get what you want, that you have the wisdom to use it correctly.  When consulting an astrologer, it will be nice to know what your finances will be like in your life time, but make sure that he lets you know what your assets and liabilities will be in handling these resources.  This meaning for the Gate of Hades makes more sense to me because it forewarns the querent that this house can bring happiness and at the same time a living hell on earth, that will be a prison of our own making.

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