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The Reality of Karmic Links in Relationships

The Reality of Karmic Links in Relationships

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Published by: Lisa Tracy- Burger on Mar 10, 2012
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The reality of karmic links in relationships
"Where in my chart would I find the karmic link to my current partner and inthe bigger picture, how my karmic lessons play out in my relationships?" 
Thanks for your questions. Since they all have to do with relationships and synastry(comparing the aspects between two natal charts) and in particular with "karmic"issues, I've grouped them together and will try and answer them all here.First of all, I have to offer my standard compatibility disclaimer: any relationship canwork, so long as the two individuals are committed to the relationship, and to theirown, individual growth and progress. It is absolutely impossible to determine thepotential success of a relationship using astrology.Synastry can help to identify how two individuals are likely to interact with eachother; where the energy flows easily, and where it will tend to be more challenging.However, you must remember that "easy" relationships and "easy" aspects betweentwo charts does not mean that a relationship will necessarily be easy or enjoyable!Sometimes individuals need conflict and stimulation in their relationships. You haveto look at the individual natal charts first and last; and ultimately, you have tounderstand how the individuals are experiencing their natal charts to gain a trueunderstanding of where they are with respect to their individual relationship needs.Only from there, can you begin to determine the type of relationship dynamic thatthey need.There. Now that that's out of the way, we can start to talk about "karma" inrelationships. "Karma" has very specific applications; however, I find that when mostpeople talk about "karma" they are referring to their life lessons both from this lifeand from past lives.
All planets are "karmic" as are all aspects. Earth is a teaching planet, andeverything that we experience here has to do with our "karmic" lessons.
When working with a synastry grid, I usually divide it into different sections. Aspectsbetween inner planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars) and angles are "Personal"and generally describe the overall feel of the relationship, and the day-to-dayinteractions. Aspects between the inner planets and angles of one chart to Jupiterand/or Saturn in the other chart are "Social" and generally have to do with how thetwo individuals relate to each other in group and social situations. (This is the mostvague of the categories, and as often as not, I group Jupiter with the "Personal"planets and Saturn with the "Outer" planets and do away with this category entirely).Aspects between one person's Outer Planets (Uranus, Neptune, Pluto; also Saturnand Chiron) to the other person's Personal Planets or Angles are "Karmic". Finally,aspects between the Outer Planets in the two charts are generational.
One of the primary ways that we learn our lessons on Earth is throughrelationships.
 We learn from our partners, while at the same time, we act as teachers for them. Weare rarely aware of our roles as teachers; more than that, it is neither our
responsibility nor our concern to try and teach our partners. It's rare enough that wecan truly understand what our personal lessons are; it's nearly impossible to trulyunderstand what someone else's lessons are.I bring this up because we don't have any control over the "karmic" elements of ourrelationships. If I'm in a relationship with someone, and my Pluto sits exactly ontheir Moon (for example), the only thing that I can do is to be aware that this personmay be experiencing issues relating to power and security through our relationship—and there is nothing that I can do about it other than be as aware and as sensitive toit as possible. If and when these issues come up, all that I personally can do is toaccept that my partner is experiencing his or her own issues; that these issues areprobably not my fault, although I have become the focal point for their lesson.
The universe, however, tends to be very efficient, and it's rare that only onepartner in a relationship has a lesson to learn.
I personally always try and lookfor what it is that I'm supposed to learn from a situation, and where my personalresponsibilities lie—and where they don't. It's not always easy, but then again, wedidn't incarnate on Earth to take a vacation.
That being said, the "karmic" issues in a relationship can be seen through theconnections between the outer planets (and I almost always include Saturn inthat category) and the partner's personal planets and angles.
 Before I briefly describe each planet's primary "themes"
I again want toemphasize that the outer planet person is usually not directly responsible fortheir partner's reactions; they are simply someone who can help their partnerto play out, identify, and hopefully heal their individual issues.SATURN:
Saturn aspects tend to relate to issues with authority, particularly withmale authority figures. Saturn of course rules responsibility and limitations. Saturnaspects to personal planets in synastry often feel limiting or restraining; sometimesthe Saturn person can fall into a parenting role, or be perceived as a parent incertain situations. Saturn aspects, however, both "easy" and "hard" are almostalways present in long-term relationships.
Chiron, an asteroid/planetoid that orbits between Saturn and Uranus isfrequently related to healing, both physical and spiritual. Chiron's wounds tend to bevery deep and exploring them can be very frightening. Strong Chiron contacts topersonal planets or angles can sometimes indicate that a major theme of therelationship will be healing—and that can often involve moving through crisis.
Uranus aspects have to do with the disruption of business as usual. Howan individual reacts and responds to outer planet contacts is entirely dependent onhow well that individual works with Saturn. If they hold on too tightly to the illusionsof Saturn, then the energy of the outer planets will always feel threatening to them,whether it is experienced through transits or through relationships. Uranusconnections in synastry often present opportunities to experience and heal issuesrelating to rejection and abandonment.
Neptune aspects almost always relate to boundary issues. When Neptuneis involved, all boundaries become blurry; we find it difficult to make distinctions andoften lose touch with "reality" and escape into "fantasy". Strong Neptune contacts

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