When will I get a new job?
Will I win Lotto?
When will I get married?
How many children will I have?
How and when will I die?
Do you really think it would be beneficial to know all these things? Sure, we all have a yearning to know the future. And the old debate about “fate” comes up. Do we have destiny? Or is it all chaos? What’s going to happen next? The unknown is scary.
As an astrologer, I obviously don’t believe in chaos. The neat, interlocking clockwork consistency of the revolving and rotating planets comforts me. But I don’t believe in fate. I’m on the side of free will. People make choices. I believe we have choices in how we respond to the celestial clockwork. And yet, I am in the business that allegedly predicts the future.
I don’t predict the future any more than the weatherman does. I can tell you what the upcoming season will be like. I can suggest methods and attitudes to get the best out of it. I know a Saturn transit can focus people, and eliminate the excess from their lives, but I also know if they fight it, it could be a period of loss and deprivation.
But then there is Uranus. Uranus is a planet symbolizing freedom, individual rights, chaos and surprise. You’re not going to know what happens next when you experience a Uranus transit, otherwise it wouldn’t be a surprise. And one of the things a Pluto transit can represent is the excavation of entrenched, buried memories and experiences from the past that need to be examined and, ideally, transcended. So Pluto can indicate deep-seated surprise. I could predict surprises in either situation, but the every definition of the word “surprise” uses the word “unexpected.” So often the best I could predict is, expect the unexpected. A neat trick if it was possible.
I believe we need surprises in our lives. I know there have been events and experiences in my life that have ultimately transformed me in a positive and wonderful way, but if I had known about them beforehand I would have run for the hills or hid under my bed. Sometimes we don’t want to take our medicine. Although I very deeply believe that we all create our own reality all the time, sometimes we need to sneak up on ourselves. Sometimes, the things that help us grow the most are the ways we respond to situations, and not just the situations themselves. At times, the best experiences in my life have been when I impressed myself by doing something I didn’t think I had it in me to do, but I was faced with a situation that encouraged me rise to the occasion, and when it was over I discovered myself standing taller than I had expected. Wow. I did it!
You can’t know everything, and I don’t think you should. It may not be in our best interests to always consciously know the future.