Even if you don't believe you've lived previous lives, your astrologer probably believes it and can pinpoint elements in your chart that seem to confirm it. In Astrology and Your Past Lives, famous astrologer Jeanne Avery emphasizes the sign, house placement, and aspects to the planet Saturn as hints about lives you might have lived before. Mary Devlin, author of Astrology & Past Lives, contends “the incarnating entity chooses the time most astrologically advantageous for its mission on Earth.”
Edgar Cayce, the famed sleeping prophet of Virginia Beach, gave many readings that included astrological information on past lives. These readings were studied by the Association of Research and Enlightenment (ARE), the organization that Cayce's sons and grandsons perpetuated, and ARE now offers past-life astrology charts based on Cayce's reading.
Most astrologers eventually arrive at some aspect or configuration that tells them about the past lives of the people whose charts they erect. It might be Saturn or the Moon's nodes; but it might be something else. The practice of astrology, particularly in relation to past lives, is a highly acclaimed pursuit.
Jeanne Avery backs up her research with Saturn through hypnotic regression. Astrologer Mary Devlin accumulated 400 horoscopes that included reincarnational histories derived through hypnotic regression as the basis for her book, Astrology & Past Lives.
She notes that past life birth charts are obtained through two methods, which are sometimes combined. In the first method, research has located the recorded birth date for a past personality. In the second method, an individual, while under regression in hypnosis, is asked to tune in psychically to his or her birth date in a particular past life.
According to Devlin, “The birth data is then run through a computer. The resulting natal-chart features are analyzed carefully to make sure they fit the life and personality (as revealed through regression) of the prior incarnation. About one half of our cases involve subjects with one past-life birth chart; the rest have at least two.” By studying the patterns in the birth charts, Devlin was able to formulate the theories in her book.
The Nodes of the Moon
The lunar nodes are the degrees where the plane or the Moon's orbit intersects or crosses the ecliptic (Earth's orbit around the Sun). The nodes are important in the interpretation of a chart, but astrologers differ about what they mean. Astrologer Robert Hand believes that nodes “relate to connections with other people; that is, they are an axis of relationship. In this context, the North Node has a joining quality, while the South has a separating quality.”
In Hindu astrology, both nodes are considered to be malefic (“bad”). In Western astrology, the North Node, called the Dragon's Head, is considered an easier aspect, the equivalent of Jupiter, and the South Node or Dragon's Tail is considered the equivalent of Saturn.
Another theory ties the nodes in with reincarnation. In this theory, the South Node represents our karma, deeply embedded patterns of behavior and thought we acquired in previous lives. We need to overcome these patterns through the North Node, which represents the area of our most profound growth in this life.
In The Inner Sky, astrologer Steven Forrest writes: “the South Node of the Moon symbolizes our karma … it shows a kind of behavior that is instinctive and automatic … it speaks of mindset and a pattern of motivations that arise spontaneously.” “The North Node,” according to Forrest, “represents the point that puts the most unrelenting tension on the past. As we allow ourselves to experience it, we open up to an utterly alien and exotic reality. We are stretched to the breaking point.”
Sometimes, the nodes seem to work in a symbiotic relationship with Saturn. As we encounter restrictions in the area where Saturn sits in our chart, we are seemingly forced to rid ourselves of South Node prejudices by working through our North Node energies. The North Node also represents the types of people we gravitate toward, and the South Node represents the types of people we avoid.
Constant dependence on karma implies denial of free will. Instead, think of the South Node as an unconscious bias — either from previous incarnations or that which builds up during our lives. It's what we need to release in order to grow. The North Node sign and house placement indicate the area of our lives we need to expand so we can evolve toward our fulfillment as spiritual beings.