Does all this imply that I am simply an unconscious reaction machine, or that I am in tune with life and the universe, or a mixture of both? Or is it just a coincidence?
Opening an old thread with my 2 cents;
I have also found that I'm very predictable, when it comes to transits and progressions.
Sometimes it's annoying, (like "oh it shall get better in 30 years") and sometimes comforting (job/money is coming in a month or two, or "that particular pain shall be over next month")
In that way, to me Astrology is as practical as a weather report, when one has to be outside. I can't make it not rain, but I can put on a raincoat, or postpone trip if it looks like earth quakes and volcanoes (though those have a tendency to knock on the door anyways, but at least I'm half prepared)
What I find is that there is lower and higher frequencies of each energy/ interaction of energies, and by adding conciousness, and applying free will, one can sometimes alter the experiences, to be hmm.....more constructive experiences. Or at least avoid adding to the chaos, just like deciding to postpone killing ones husband, until being sure that one isn't PMS, can be useful (humour intended)
For instance, with planetary configuration indicating not funny financial ruin for a year,
1. I can feel miserable when being to poor for what is funny during a year,
2. Or I can while feeling miserable about being too poor for what is funny, use the lack of money to stop eating junk, and go on a healthy diet of fatty meat, get fitter due to walking -due to lack of car, face a few demons due to the lack of substitutes, and meditate a little on how satisfaction becomes more apparent, when desire subsides a little due to starvation of it's invading needs,
so less becomes more...
-Maybe a bit cheesy, but better than nothing, and therefore preferable to the first option.
I find that Astrology can help pointing in the direction of how one can alter experiences that way, when thinking about what the higher manifestation of that energy would be, and try to adjust behaviour in that direction, and thereby work with the time instead of against it.
Astrology made me realize that I'm a complete reaction machine, which is why it caught my interest, as I thought the first step of breaking free of influences would be to know what the influence is, just like it helps to know if one is PMS, (by the way PMS seems to have gone after changing diet)
I found that what I previously thought was my successes in life, would have been hard to avoid due to lucky configurations, so they weren't that impressive, but that it has released some guilt about bad experiences, as they would have been hard to avoid as well, due to difficult configurations, even if I had been better, or smarter. (though had I been better and smarter, I might had chosen a different time of birth, I don't know)
But I have wondered, if being awake, would totally put one above being influenced, or if one just gets a lot better at navigating in any weather, without having ones core shock up by the influences all the time.
I once read an article about an experiment someone had made, testing reaction to a loud explosion sound, when one had previously been warned of the sound coming.
The result for normal people was visible shock movement of body. The result for highly trained military Air force people was non visible, but measurable with electrodes, shock movement of the body. But for Buddhist monks, in the experiment, there was no reaction, not even measurable with electrodes to the loud sound.
When asked how they did it, they explained that when one knows the sound is coming, it isn't more disturbing than far away birds in the sky.
Perhaps it is the same with the planetary influences, they become like birds in the sky, when one reaches a certain level
But until then, looking forward to Jupiter transiting natal Venus, and expect a break from poverty, and if I'm really lucky I could get a pony