©5-8-2010 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
Have you spent years doing abundance affirmations and visualizations that didn’t work? Have you secretly wondered if you’re a metaphysical moron? A number of you found important new insights into chronic money blockages in the recent article here on thought forms.
I want to continue by examining another concept that goes beyond blaming neuroses or negative thinking—past life vows and other reincarnational remnants. They explain some very deep and persistent chronic financial difficulties and can lead to healing processes.
I’ve done decades of work with my own past lives, which apparently number in the hundreds, and have many friends and healing clients who have seriously worked with theirs.
The recollections seem to confirm what I’ve often suspected was true—that many of the seemingly insurmountable difficulties that accompany outer planet aspects in the astrology chart are related to past life experiences. Money blockages are no exception—especially when it comes to Neptune or Pluto in the career sectors of the chart (the 2nd, 6th or 8th).
My View of Past Lives and the Astrology Chart
I don’t agree with those who write canned interpretations of your karma based on chart aspects.
I especially despise and suspect those interpretations that shame you and say you must have been a bad person in another life because of your Saturn or Pluto aspects.
They would have you believe that all people with Pluto in a particular house are bad people who have done the exact same thing to abuse power and are now paying for it with eternal suffering.
As the Seth books by Jane Roberts taught, karma is not punishment but part of the soul’s education. If we’ve been around the wheel many, many times, we’ve all been “bad” people and we’ve all been “good” people. We’ve doubtlessly been victim and abuser, nuns and whores, slaves and slave owners, rich and poor, and any other pair of opposites you can dream up.
These opposite but equally important experiences are how we learn certain profound lessons that every soul needs.
Despite that, I do believe that there are astrologers who tap into past lives when they look at some of the difficult placements in a chart. I’ve done it myself many times.
But when we do it successfully, I don’t believe that specific chart aspects correlate to specific past life experiences. Chart interpretation is no paint-by-numbers art.
Rather, I believe that the chart diagram becomes a mandala that, as we focus deeply on it the way we do in a session, induces a changed state of consciousness. This deeper level of consciousness enables us to tap into the Akashic records of that person’s lives. In short, I believe that an astrologer who correctly reads past lives is—knowingly or unknowingly—also a past life reader.
How Past Life Vows and Agreements Create Money Blockages
Now then, I’ve disclaimed all the politically correct disclaimers. (Let me assure the innocent newbies, there IS such a thing as astrological politics, oh God, yes!) Let me say what I see in those charts that talk to me about reincarnation.
When I see Neptune in any of the career houses—the 2nd, 6th, or 10th—I often catch a whiff of incense and a strong suggestion that there have been any number of lives where the person has had a religious vocation.
If they’ve hung around the wheel very long, it’s doubtlessly involved an array of strikingly different religions, both current ones and ones long forgotten.
What most sects have in common is that they require that their priests, nuns, acolytes, or whatever take various vows. Poverty—always—then chastity/celebacy, charity, obedience, and any number of other provisions you don’t even want to know about it.
But, since it’s money we’re talking about, yeah, if that thread of incarnations rings (temple) bells for you, then you need to consciously and formally revoke all vows of poverty.
Here’s why: if you’ve sworn a vow or oath to any person or to any institution like the church in any past life or especially any series of past lives, and if that vow contained the word “forever,” or even “always”, you’re stuck with it until you consciously release yourself from it.
One Way You Can Clear Out Past Life Vows
One method for clearing out these obstacles is to write the same statement 70 times a day for 7 days. (70×7 is the magical number of completion.)
Keep working on the wording until you come up with a statement that rings true. For myself, I grew tired of clearing out the vows one by one, so I worked with the following:
I release myself and all others from all vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience that we have EVER made to one another.
The word EVER is necessary so that you include all vows made in all past lives and during the inbetween periods when you review the last life and come up with a plan for the next one. ALL OTHERS covers everyone you’ve been tied to in this or any past life.
If you miss a day, just go back to the writing the next day. When you finish the 7 days, design a suitable ritual and dispose of the writings. I have been rigorous ever since about not making even the most casual of vows and not allowing other people to make enduring promises to me either.
More Past Life Blocks to Abundance Related to Pluto and Neptune
A history of slavery is another painful pattern related to Neptune that leaves a very long shadow on all levels, but especially creates deep wounding where money is concerned.
As Lisa has pointed out in the comment section, our ties to our ancestors can be as potent a barrier to abundance as past lives. And certainly slavery is still casting a terrible shadow on the lives of African Americans today.
But a great many of us are still working through karma and wounds related to slavery in our own past lives. I recall one long session I had with a channel to find out why the relationship with the man who was the love of my life was creating so much pain. The channel got into a strand of my past lives with this individual and kept finding life after life where we took turns being a slave or slave master to each other.
Amazingly, the composite chart for that relationship had a Sun-Mars-Neptune conjunction in the 2nd house, which perfectly described not only the current life but also the relevant past lives. (The experience led me to wonder whether composite charts might be valid for the entire incarnational history of important relationships.)
Many past life remnants have to do with the abuse of wealth and power….usually many examples of this theme…where we’ve taken roles at both extremes in different lives. They include traumatic betrayals, breaches of trust, falls from power, and other kinds of Plutonian issues. The relevant past lives reverberate to current situations that are complex and hard to extricate yourself from, as described by the Pluto placement in our charts. If you’ve ever formed an instant hatred for someone you’ve just met, the chances are strong that it was one of those past life Pluto connections.
If you wish to recall the stories of those lives, you will do it, with or without the help of an intuitive. The work on healing and resolving them–best done with a qualified professional–can bring about a powerful release of long-standing blockages. It’s important to remember to learn what you need to learn from the recall and not to be consumed by guilt (in the situations where you misused power) or desire for revenge (if power was used against you). Instead view them as powerful lessons to be learned, so that you don’t become ensnared in endless repetitions of the same themes in this life.
Books and Healing Resources for Past Life Blockages
To learn more about the way these karmic processes work, I would highly recommend Diane Stein’s book, Essential Energy Balancing Il. It helps you clear out a variety of negative influences so you can live your life without constant obstacles. Among other things, it gives a series of step-by-step processes to clear out past life vows, karmic agreements and past life karma. You can see it at: http://www.dianestein.net/DianeBooks.htm.
Read more about these ideas, how I worked with them, and the results in my article, Pay-as-You-Go Karma–One Path to Peaceful Relationships.
PAST LIFE REGRESSION AND THERAPY: The IARRT – International Association for Regression Research & Therapies Inc. – is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the acceptance and use of professional regression sessions through education, association and research. For information on their conferences and a list of practitioners they have certified, visit http://www.iarrt.org/ .
If the mention of ancestors gave you a tingle, read this article from the Pluto collection for the Blogathon: Pluto in Capricorn: Healing Ancestral Patterns: Astrologer and shamanic healer Patricia L. Walsh explains that many enduring personal problems arise when we’re enmeshed with relatives who have passed on. By helping these spirits resolve unfinished business and cross over, we can be relieved of persistent patterns that get in the way of emotional freedom and inner peace.
Related Articles on Skywriter:
- Thought Forms–How They Add to Money Blocks
- Neptune in the 2nd—Money, Boundaries, & Codependency
- Money and Pluto in the 2nd House—The Haves vs. the Have Nots
- Stuck For What Seems Like Forever? Maybe Areas of Unforgiveness are the Cause
- Pay-as-You-Go Karma–One Path to Peaceful Relationships.
Other Articles in the Astrology and Personal Finances series:
- Astrologers’ Hang-ups about Money—How they Hurt our Clients
- Readers Ask: Q & A about the 2nd House
- The 2nd House and Money Management Patterns
- Your 2nd House—A Clue to Extra Income
- Living Off the Books—an 8th House Quicksand
- Uranus in the 2nd—Freedom & Individuality, vs. Financial Stability
- Saturn and Uranus Transits to the 2nd/8th House Axis
- Neptune Transits to the 2nd-8th Axis—Time to Get Real about Money
- Pluto Transits to the 2nd or 8th —Money Issues Get Murky
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