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Last night I had a conversation about reincarnation and it got me thinking about who we are and who we were and who we are meant to be. 

At one point in the conversation I talked about my own past life regression and the kind of troubling memory of a past life where I was an apparently better (and much more altruistic) person than I am this time around.

I remembered how, during that regression, the present day more egocentric me felt surprisingly deflated. 

There were no accolades or aspirations or profound spiritual events. The only spiritual experience I seemed to have had in that life, in fact, was focused on helping someone else progress on their life path.

So where was my past life mission? In an independent sense, there was none. All I knew was that I was there to help. And that life was filled with joy.

Fast forward five hundred years or more.  

In this life, I am not all that altruistic. I spend a good deal of time focused on my own interests, my own projects and my own dreams. I am not, nor have I ever been, the mom who lives through her kids, the homemaker who sees herself reflected in the beauty of her house, or the woman who defines herself through her relationships with others.  

Instead I am the family member who forgets to ask about your day, talks about her latest project all through dinner and spends big chunks of time alone with her work. These are not, of course, my only traits. I am cheerful and reliable and often very helpful. But my tendency to focus on my work is a big part of who I am and, thinking of that other better life, I wondered why that was.

So this morning, in the interest of putting my own nature into a more meaningful perspective I decided to take a good look at my astrological chart.  

The thing that leaped out at me immediately was the number of planets I have in the universal or transpersonal houses of my chart - a whopping eight, in fact, out of ten.

As you may already know, houses and signs can be personal, social or universal. A universal perspective aligns with an interest in spirituality or the big picture or the meaning of life. Because the houses indicate where we focus our energies (while the signs tell us how our focus is expressed) I found this telling.

The universal / transpersonal houses in my chart get along well with signs and planets that highlight communication, creativity and learning. And my chart as a whole jives with my personal emphasis on projects and career. Looking at my chart as a whole helps me understand my mission in terms of what it is I am best equipped to do.  And it helps me understand what needs work.

Astrology is one tool and past life regression is another. I know that I can learn a lot from my own past life regression and the  oh so giving person I used to be. I know that I want to be more like her and I believe I was shown that life so I'd understand  that I could be over time.  

But know something else as well. That altruistic past life me had a different  life path mission And I have no doubt that she also had a very different chart.

She lived the life she was meant to live and I am living mine. 

To thine own self be true.

Planetary Positions in My Chart 
PlanetDegree and SignHouse
 Sun29°21'   Leo9
 Moon20°52'   Cancer8
 Mercury24°18'   Virgo10
 Venus03°16'   Libra10/11
 Mars09°13'   Virgo10
 Jupiter02°58'   Libra10/11
 Saturn07°50'   Sagittarius1
 Uranus08°40'   Leo9
 Neptune00°16'   Scorpio11/12
 Pluto00°06'   Virgo9/10
 True Node13°45'   Scorpio12
 P. Fortune13°59'   Libra11
 Vertex05°26'   Cancer8
Ep09°25'   Sagittarius1

About Personal, Social and Transpersonal Signs and Houses:

The Personal signs and the corresponding houses are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, and houses one through four.

The Social signs and houses are Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, and houses five through eight.

The Universal or Transpersonal signs and houses are Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, and houses nine through twelve.

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