Rules #21a: Wheels Within Wheels- Karma & Arts of Divination
Like an Ever Spinning Wheel...
"That which we do not confront in
ourselves, we will meet as fate."
Evidence of the operation of karma can be found in the ancient "arts of divination". The arts include but are not limited to: astrology, numerology, graphology, physiognomy, palmistry, polarity, and rune systems.
These arts have been discredited because many of their practitioners have claimed too much for their "predictive" abilities. Yet these arts continue to persist in their popularity until the present day simply because they do reveal clues about the "train tracks of karma" from the past which silently run our present day existence.
1> ASTROLOGY #1: BIRTH CHARTS - PLANETS & ZODIAC SIGNS
Of all the arts of divination,
astrology provides the clearest evidence of the
"train tracks of karma"
(or how karma silently runs your life).
For astrology can tell you the most of the
things you want to know about your life.
The train tracks of karma running through your life are the most clearly revealed by your natal (birth) horoscope. The natal horoscope shows the position of the Sun, the Moon, and planets "frozen" at the precise moment of your birth. The sign of the zodiac (ie. Aquarius, etc), the astrological year (ie. Rat, etc), and the positions of the planets at birth shows the "hand" that has been "dealt" you in this present life.
These "karma cards" are what you agreed to experience before you were born: your life contract (for more on the importance of your life contract, click here). The natal chart will reflect your natural predispositions, the lessons you have to learn, the issues you need to face, and the types of problems you need to solve. Yet the natal horoscope does not show how you will choose to "play" this hand. The use that you make of the "hand you have been dealt" depends upon you.
2> ASTROLOGY #2: EVENTS CHARTS - ASPECTS, & HOUSES
Events charts are a look at the nature of the time (possibilities and potentialities) at any moment in time. The goal of events charts is to understand the way in which energy will manifest around events and issues for a particular time. From the moment of your birth, the energy of the planets effecting you keeps on transmuting and transforming. Each at their own speed, the planets move on through the houses of the zodiac, and then form aspects (called transits) to the places where they were at the moment of your birth.
Transits become a way of understanding how your life is unfolding. Transits can give you insights as to how the tides of karma continue to effect you as well as offering you possibilities and options for spiritual growth as you move through your life. Transits can mark times of crisis and triumph, chances to advance karmically, and times of transition, danger, and hope. By observing transits carefully and becoming open to their insights, you can capitalize on these karmic opportunities as they arise. A good beginner's book on astrology is "The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need" by Joanna Martine Woolfolk.
3> ASTROLOGY #3: STAR CHARTS - HOLISTIC ASTROLOGY
Star charts (Indian (Vedic) and Chinese) combine the best elements of natal and events charts to give an individual a comprehensive and holistic reading of past events, present life situations, and future life potentialities. Star charts are based on a "sidereal" system which uses the actual stellar constellations as seen from Earth (versus the "Tropical" system of Western Astrology based on a "fictional" zodiac).
4> NUMEROLOGY #1: BIRTH DATES & LIFE PURPOSE
Each day of the year has a unique energy created from the combination of the energy of the numbers which make it up (see Numbers as Building Blocks of the Universe and get the secret code!). Numbers are both the nails and the rails which hold together the train tracks of karma. It is numbers which enable the universe to run as a well oiled machine of karma.
Nowhere is this truer than in the case of the day of your birth. Whether you were "early or late", you were born on time for your karma. This is because your birthday has it's own unique personality and imprint which it shares with all people who have that birthday. For "a model of the year as a wheel spinning in a recurring circle of these energy patterns" see "The Secret Language of Birthdays: Profiles for Each Day of the Year" by Gary Goldschneider et al. See also "A Beginner's Guide to the Universe" by Michael S. Schneider and "The Life You Were Born to Live: A Guide to Finding Your Life Purpose" by Dan Millman.
5> NUMEROLOGY #2: NAME & LIFE PATH
The name a person receives - just like their birthday - is no accident. Whether you got the name from birth, married into it, or chose it for yourself, it effects you profoundly. Your name, like your birthday, has it's own unique personality and imprint which it shares with all people who have that name. Anyone can discover the energy behind their name by first translating their name into numbers.
For it is the key numbers of your name which contain potent truths about the positive and negative aspects of your true nature and your identity. The energy of your name effects you very deeply because you are constantly exposed to it. Even if you do not think of yourself by using your own name, others are always saying it to you. The purpose of this is to ensure that energy of your path will find constant expression in your life. This is especially true of when it comes to the working out of karma for there are some names which carry heavy charges of atonement.
The most heavily karmic names for women are Ruth, Victoria, and Huette while the most heavily karmic names for men are Rudy, Victor, and Hugh. For more see "The Hidden Truth of Your Name: A Complete Guide to First Names and What They Say About the Real You" by The Nomenology Project to see what your name says about you! It is bound to surprise and amaze you!
6> NUMEROLOGY #3: PARTNER COMPATIBILITY
Nowhere is the pull of your karma stronger than in intimate romantic relationships. For the two people involved always come together for a karmic reason. Partner karma usually brings each what they need to experience so that both can follow their own true path. Partners have a unique ability to help each other's growth as Soul in love, joy, and awareness. This happens primarily because of the long term interaction - usually over many past lifetimes - with these special, much loved others who share our karmic destiny.
Everyone truly needs to experience at least one deep relationship that will shake them to their core. For it is through our love for our partner that we learn the wisdom of forgiveness, tolerance, and compassion as well as how to become truly useful coworkers with God. See "The Secret Language of Relationships: Profiles for Any Relationship with Anyone" by Gary Goldschneider et al to learn more about the inner workings of the energy dynamics between you, your intimate partners, and everyone else you encounter in life.
Graphology is the "study of handwriting" as it is used to investigate a person's personality and character. By careful observation of the many details which make up an individual's handwriting style, it is possible to accurately discern the person's current physical, mental, and emotional state of being.
Graphology can provide insights into such things as one's outlook on the world, (positive or negative), their energetic orientation (introvert or extrovert), their primary state of consciousness (focus on the physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual), their style of communication (simple or complex) and so on.
Bodies cannot lie and handwriting often conveys more truth than one intends. For these truths emerge from the cellular memory from past lives which finds easy expression in your handwriting. See "Handwriting Analysis: Putting It to Work for You" by Andrea McNichol and see what your handwriting says about you!
Palmistry (also known as chiromancy) is the art of discerning the character and destiny of a person by careful observation of both the shape of and the lines on the hand. Palmistry is as popular as ever because "it is a guide to help you understand your destiny. . .to know yourself and others" as to your strengths and weaknesses.
For "once you understand your destiny, you can control it - or change it for the better." Of course that is the point of all these arts of divination. I would have thought palmistry was bunk except that when I was sixteen, I was told by a palm reader that the concentration of lines on my "past life finger" meant I had a lot of past life clearing to do later in life. I laughed then, I am not laughing now (see "My Story"). See "The Complete Book of Palmistry" by Joyce Wilson for more.
Physiognomy is the Western name for the ancient Chinese art of studying the head, face and hands to determine a person's character traits, behavior patterns, and intellectual aptitudes. Unlike graphology and palmistry, everyone practices physiognomy whether they know it or not. Subconsciously, we always are evaluating others based on their physical characteristics, vocal patterns, and body movements to uncover their personality traits and to predict their future behavior.
Part of what we sense when we are analyzing the physiognomy or another is their relation to us - good or bad - in past lives. For this is how the world works - "we know without knowing" about others by their physiognomy. See "Reading People: How to Understand People and Predict Their Behavior, Anytime, Anyplace" by Jo-Ellan Dimitrius and Mark Mazzarella & "The Chinese Art of Studying the Head, Face and Hands" by Lee Siow Mong to learn more.
Polarity is a healing modality which works on the blocks which accumulate in the toes of your feet. By the nature and the location of the block, the practitioner can accurately read both the karmic patterns and the personal characteristics of the individual. The feet are especially prone to such blocks because they are the farthest away from the purest divine universal energy flowing into the Crown Chakra (located at the top of the head).
The more advanced the soul, the more the toes will show up as blocked during a Polarity Session (clearing them is more painful than giving birth!). See "Polarity Therapy: The Complete Collected Works (including the 'Wireless Anatomy of Man')" by Randolph Stone and the "Guide to Polarity Therapy: The Gentle Art of Hands-On Healing" by Maruti Seidman.
The goal of all "rune" systems is to momentarily disengage the individual from the control of their mind so that their soul can get a message through. Throwing a cluster of objects to produce a specific result is normally beyond the mental capabilities of most people and so this lets the soul take charge.
The most popular "rune" systems involving thrown objects are "Runes" (discerning a message from thrown rocks) and "I Ching" (discerning a message from thrown coins or sticks). The I Ching is especially useful in divination for those who are at critical points in their life. This is because it is designed to help us manage the switches on the train tracks of karma. See "Runes" by David Barrett and " I Ching, Book of Changes: a Guide to Life's Turning Points" by Brian Browne Walker.
12> RUNE SYSTEMS #2: CARD & BOARD SYSTEMS
More popular, but less pure rune systems, involve cards (like Tarot Cards, Angel Cards, God Insight Cards, Medicine Wheel Cards, Goddess Cards, etc) and boards (like Quija Boards, Message Boards, and Tarot Boards). Like the thrown object systems, the card and board systems bypass the mind by having the person pick cards or move around the board as directed by spirit.
These card and board systems enables the individual to tap into their own intuitive abilities by serving as a focal point for spiritual intervention. Using the cards, people can get answers from spirit to virtually any physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual question. See "The Enchanted Tarot" by Amy Zerner & Monte Farber and "Quija: The Most Dangerous Game" by Stoker Hunt.
To read more about it, see our Higher Self Book List.
Let Me Be Honest:
There is a reason that Astrology,
Numerology, and other Divination sites say that their findings
are for "entertainment purposes only" and disclaim their results.
This is because these "arts" only provide clues to the
"train tracks of karma"
but they are not and should not be guides
to living. If you want to improve your life, then throw away all
these charts, cards, and toys and focus instead on living a
"karma free life"
because that is the path to true self awareness.
Credits: adapted from information from the books listed above and channeled information.
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