As someone with a difficult chart myself, I have long pondered this question. For me, nothing other than astrology supports the idea of working out issues, problems and situations through multiple lifetimes. We are born with these charts before anything happens to us, and when we have a difficult chart and our life patterns echo the patterns in the chart, it’s difficult to blame our parents or our upbringing for these situations. I find this comforting – the knowing that there is a rhyme and reason to personal challenges gives me a sense of purpose and helps to make sense of what seems unfair.
The death of actor Michael K. Williams this week gives us an example of a chart that was very difficult emotionally. 1965 and 1966 were the peak of what we now call the 60’s – a time of great upheaval and social change (read more about that here). Uranus and Pluto were in an exact conjunction in the sign of Virgo at the time, causing radical change (Uranus) and destruction (Pluto) to the conservative middle class (Virgo), among other things. This conjunction lasted between 1963 and 1968, but what makes 1965 and 1966 unique is that the Uranus/Pluto conjunction was opposed by Chiron (healing old wounds) and Saturn (tests and challenges).
That is an intense combination of planets, and when that planetary system is embedded in the natal chart it can be quite traumatic. The heightened emotionality and sense of abandonment of Chiron combined with Saturn’s isolation and tendency towards depression brings with it the necessity of a great deal of internal work in order to function and gain the ultimate benefits of this combination, which is the eventual healing of those old wounds and a deep interplanetary wisdom that […]