It’s pretty common that during a session I might speak about past lives. Even if I don’t, when I look at a chart I get a glimpse into the soul’s journey; a journey that has been happening well before the manifestation of this current life and will continue long after the death of this human life. I often get the question from students, “Why does it matter to speak about reincarnation? Isn’t this moment the only important thing?”
And the answer is “It doesn’t matter to speak about reincarnation and yes this moment is the only important thing.” Reincarnation, the philosophy of it, delving into it, understanding it, does not inherently matter. In fact nothing really matters.The question about any matter is always about its usefulness: does it help us to understand ourselves and embody more fully who we are in this moment.
Whether we are aware of it or not, we are all carrying around a psychological web of karmic tendencies and patterns that are entrenched into our consciousness. How we respond to the dynamics that occur in our reality point to what we are carrying inside of ourselves right now, in this moment.
AND it can be incredibly helpful to look at a natal chart, tune into the soul and say “well there’s history here. There’s a past that relates to how your own consciousness has been such conditioned.” Of course we can ask “ok well then WHY did I have those experiences in past lives?” This can be a very healthy question so long as we are orienting our hearts in the direction of self-awareness. “What am I really? What truths have I been unraveling along this journey? What wants to be seen and fully claimed?” If that is our inner orientation then we can actually unravel our past, looking deeper into the perfection of all our past experiences and understand more fully what wishes to be seen and understood now in our lives.
The truth is, along the path of becoming self-aware we naturally fall into very strong polarized roles and situations. In one life you may have been a native elder, trying to prevent your people from converting to the colonial ways that the Europeans were imposing upon your people. You may have died in that life with grief in seeing the loss of your traditions, the loss of the simple ways of living closely to nature and seeing so many of your people become shameful about their bodies and what is natural. You may have died in that life with anger at white people.
And then in your next life you might pop out as a white baby into a religious fundamentalist, highly dogmatic and oppressive Christian family. Shit that sucks.
You may not be aware of “why” you came into this kind of life. You might only be aware of the fact that at some point in your life you begin to feel really resentful of the impositions and dogmas. There can be many “reasons” for why you went from the native life to the fundamentalist life. If you come to me and say “I am so angry at religion. I don’t want anything to do with it”. I would say “Well you don’t have to do anything with it. But this anger is important. Would you like to look at that with me?”
If you feel open to look at it, we can delve into what’s underneath that anger. Under all anger is actual vulnerability; something delicate and precious feels vulnerable and unprotected. We might look into a part of you that is actually deeply tuned into a spirit, has a deep knowing of what’s natural, innocent and sacred. If I talk about your past lives it might elicit an inner knowing of the wisdom that is already deep within your soul. It’s possible that in this life you have a purpose to bridge natural teachings on spirit and life to more people that have been indoctrinated by religion and modern culture and have not been exposed to nature. It’s possible int his life that your path is to bring healing to more people by introducing YOUR spirituality instead of always feeling oppressed by the dominant culture around you. Understanding this soul context might be incredibly validating and helpful for you. Most of all, if it’s true then you will know it to be so. Truth, when spoken to receptive ears, is like a family reunion.
We all “sense” our past lives, but maybe don’t always think of it as such. We feel it, we sometimes dream it, we can even smell it. Our consciousness recognizes it, though our ego consciousness may not be immediately aware of it. This is why we sometimes feel certain strong emotions the moment we meet someone, even before we even get to know them. It’s because our soul knows.
If we don’t care to understand our past from the POV of how everything relates to an ongoing journey of soul growth, then any “knowledge” we have about our past lives will either elevate or traumatize our egos. If however we approach astrology with an inner orientation of soul growth, of a desire to become self-aware and grow, then learning about our past lives can be incredibly helpful and insightful for understanding the deeper thread and themes that we are manifesting in our lives in this moment and what precious gems lie within us.