How Karma got me

Many of those who know me, and share life with me on a regular basis, know that I see life through the eyes of astrology which is not the same as saying that I believe in the moon horoscope (what your newspaper horoscope goes by: the rotation of the moon around planet earth, a very disposable influence in my view) because I prefer to observe the slow motion planets and their influence on us.

Nothing is absolute…

In my series of astrology classes we will discuss the importance of taking into account the orbital speed of each planet and the relative pattern of their trajectory and how those two concepts change the interpretation of the events in our lives.

Slow motion planets are the ones who transform us. In his book “Astrology, Karma and transformation” Stephen Arroyo, considers the orbits of the slowest ones:  Saturn, Uranus, Neptune… and Pluto. I like the idea of adding Pluto to that formula because it is clearly a planet, regardless of what scientists consider as necessary requirements before a stone may be upgraded to planet status. If they can’t be sure of such a thing, how come they can affirm planets do not influence our lives? So much to be learnt…

I am writing this as Dorian is playing plays pranks on Florida… will it hit, will it not? And since I had to change my plans to visit my Goddaughter/niece/teacher Clara, I take some time to reflect on the “Malefic Planets” and the malefic condition of those planets. For centuries, astrologers regarded these planets as the evil ones, the ones with the capacity to drastically change our lives. Still, there is a double-entendre between the concept of the quality of change as an evil one and the acceptance that some changes open the door to greater opportunities. Therefore, the concept of evil may very well be the center of discussions in the classes of astrology/philosophy we will share in days to come.

Dorian is being particularly “interesting” due to its extremely slow motion and it creates fear, uncertainty and disbelief. The disbelief factor is what I think is the most dangerous side of it: people lose interest in paying attention to the hurricane, they might stay back and not hear the evacuation orders with possibly sad consequences if the storm switches path and surprises them.

But that quality of slow motion is what makes Dorian so potentially harmful as is the capacity of Saturn to make you understand what it feels like to be deprived of basic needs and losing loved ones, of Uranus to make us experience unexpected life-changing events, like the change of life around our 42nd birthday and of Neptune that causes us to move to a different country with a different culture and stay there for a long time, thus making it interesting to consider the slow motion of the planet.

But I started talking about karma. Do you believe in karma? I want to.

I was born Virgo, the sign of solitude, maybe that is why “100 years of solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is my favorite book.
Virgo is a sign that has to learn how to live alone and appreciate the value of loneliness. And I was born to a Taurus mother who taught me value of material things. Until I learned that objects don’t make you happy I had to live life as she taught me to: always afraid of walking away and being on my own in fear of not having enough. My sister is a Capricorn and, ruled by Saturn, she had to learn what being deprived of her loved ones and buried in responsibilities while juggling three alarm clocks at a time really means, she is a prisoner of calendars and clocks, my mother is a prisoner of her material possessions and I am a prisoner of my loneliness. Unfortunately, and just to share that part of the story with you, my sister is learning to let go of those capricornian fears, I am enjoying being alone and how beautiful my time with myself is, and my mother hasn’t been able to learn that material objects are the ones that are making her profoundly unhappy and bitter.

Any other astrologer would tell you that, a home with those three earth signs in it would be an extremely productive, clean and functional home buzzing with energy. Those three bees working in harmony for the benefit of the beehive, what could be more earthy and peaceful?

Well, nothing more far removed from the truth, mother dearest made me love my moments without her and taught my sister to be terrified of almost everything.

That is how karma gets us, it shows us the possibility of the perfect picture, like that one of an earthy and stable home that could have been, just to change our perception, either abruptly or in a chain of relentless changes that happen one at a time, slowly altering our surroundings, just like Dorian teases Floridians these days in a way so nobody can be really sure how or where changes are going to hit.

For those who firmly believe in karma it is easy to understand how life presents us with the maze we have to walk in order to learn what the roadblocks and the exits are.

For those who don’t, the exercise of reflecting on those life stories may be a turning point towards considering that maybe something is out there, something we can’t wrap our heads around, just the same as scientists doubt whether Pluto is a planet or just a stone in space.

Photo by Alex, NASA, Manu and Diane Helentjaris on Unsplash


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