By Jade Emory
Oahu Island News, May 2005


Astrology recognizes that we are souls with bodies, and not just bodies with souls. As such, the birth chart shows the “treasure chest” of past life themes and even a hint as to the sun- sign of one’s next incarnation, which is the ruler of the 2nd house.

The “south node” of the chart and the “12th house” are indicators of past life karma. Since we are all multidimensional, we have both good and bad karma. Our responsibility in this life is to create good karma, not just for future lives, but also for the privilege and self-respect of living in a pure heart now, devoid of selfish ulterior motives.

Sometimes our karma or “bachi” catches up with us in the same incarnation, but often it returns in future lives. Geometric angles to the Ascendant or Rising sign indicate past life influences. For example, a harmonious 120-degree angle from Venus to one’s rising would manifest as spontaneous musical or artistic giftedness evidenced in early childhood. A stressful 90-degree angle from Mars to the rising would indicate the need to learn more effective means of conflict-resolution than one practiced in past lives.

Since the US is currently involved in war, many family charts of deployed soldiers have been presented to this astrologer, with the inevitable question, “Will my husband survive Iraq?”

There are no superficial answers, since astrology only indicates potentials. The sign Scorpio, the “8th house” and the planet Pluto govern death, but they also indicate personal transformation, psychic gifts, sexual relationships and money other than earned salaries, such as lottery wins or scholarships. So no responsible astrologer should tell a client that the soldier’s chart or family member’s chart definitely indicates only one potential, whether favorable or not.

Three thousand years ago it was written in the Chinese oracle, the “I Ching” that we should not bemoan the potential of death, but should rather focus on living a meaningful, purposeful life, taking nothing or no one for granted. Likewise, the great meditation masters of today also teach that we should live each day as if it were our last, not wasting precious time, which is our most limited commodity. Then, when it is time to “graduate” from this incarnation, we will have no regrets.

Oahu Island News Contributing Editor Jade Emory holds degrees in psychology and education, has taught in American and Canadian universities and has been a counselor since 1970. She may be reached at 808-429-2411 or by email at

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