Some people have difficulty accepting astrology due to what they see as a lack of choice. Everything seems to be locked into place. Are they trapped to experience events in their lives based on when they were born? Do they have any free will left?
And then there are those people who fervently believe in astrology and love to blame their misadventures on the position and nature of the planets and signs in their birth chart. “Oh I had to do that. I couldn’t help myself. You see, I have a Moon and Mars conjunct in Scorpio in the 7th house.” Well, this astrologer is not letting you get away with this point of view, or the previous one. I believe in free will.
Astrology, and society in general, has matured and evolved a lot over the centuries, particularly the past two hundred years or so. Once upon a time, if you were the child of a farmer, you were a farmer too, but it doesn’t work that way anymore. These days, the amount of opportunities in our current level of culture creates a far more mobile society, both literally and figuratively. And astrology has grown and adapted.
What a good astrologer will do is look at the themes of a person’s life, examine their strengths and also the areas of their lives where they may have some work to do. Of course there are some margins or boundaries in any chart, just as there are innate limitations in any person’s life. Some people have a natural propensity for medicine, some for sports, some for working with their hands, and some have golden tongues. And a good astrologer can help you consider ways to work around any potential obstacles, if that is what you want to do.
As a professional astrologer, when I make forecasts for the future, there is still plenty of room for free will. I can “see” the upcoming themes of a person’s life, and I offer suggestions for the best way to cope. If the plans they have are in conflict with the upcoming theme, then I discuss with them ways to work with it, or around it, and how to adapt the plans they have.
So let’s look at this question in another context. What is the place of free will when dealing with the seasons? Can you go sunbathing at the beach in winter? Can you plant crops in late fall? Can you build a snowman in midsummer? Can you harvest the crops in February? You could probably do all those things, but it would take quite a bit of extra effort to succeed at them. But would you question “free will” in those situations?