The Future is Probable But Not Certain
The future is probable but it is not certain. It sounds obvious, actually. But there is more to it. Let’s first briefly examine the probable part. The probability of the future is woven into nature itself. The cycles of nature are rhythmic and predictable even with the regular beat of various anomalies interspersed. It is true that something major like a polar axis shift could occur, but such an event can be easily categorized as rare. We are on the planet so this first level of probability is the foundation.
By extension, the planets, Sun, Moon and stars also operate in a very rhythmic and predictable manner. Interestingly, it is this very predictability that urged astronomers to map the heavens.
The focus on predictability by the ancient astronomers was mainly twofold:
- First, to be able to determine when such events as Full Moons and eclipses would occur and how long it would take for each moving star or planet to return to the place it was last year.
- Second, the interest was to keep a watch out for rogue visitors like asteroids and meteors, especially those appearing to be headed towards an impact on the planet.
The order of these two focuses could be switched. As well, the focus on the planets was primarily to support the predictability factor in astrology which was linked to nature’s rhythms and possible anomalies as well as the cycles influencing individuals. Knowledge is power after all and it goes with the notion that forewarned is forearmed.
This predictability factor linked to the planets and their role in astrology is nothing short of a cornerstone of what astrology is all about. Yet there are other considerations such as assessing one’s character and nature and so on. This psychological side remains important but the prediction factor tends to weigh in heavier, again with regard to power and the ability to have foreknowledge for the sake of having the added edge, a bit of advantage over the otherwise impartial dictates of fate.
Here again, we see the influence of astrology, at least in terms of a consideration that the planets and their respective positions individually and collectively has an effect on our character, moods and no less that predictable turning points, events, and even outcomes. From the perspective that all the advanced cultures of the ancient world recognized and acknowledged the influence of the planets, we can say with confidence that indeed it does and this conviction remains strong to this day.
So, the positions of the planets do have an influence on us. Or at least their position can be interpreted in such a way that they reveal what will probably happen and when. This is basically how astrology works. Measurements are taken and dates, themes and prospective events and outcomes are determined. So prevalent is this conviction, however, that it actually subtly produces its own problems. These include fixed notions of fate. The idea that the future is locked into fate may remain operative at least at a subconscious level. Yet, consciously and at various moments at least, a person will challenge such a conviction by asserting their ability and opportunity to exercise their free will. This is true as well. So, can both be true? The best answer is to assert the understanding that ‘the future is probable but it is not certain’.
Free will does play an important role. Yet, this is where the screw turns, and it turns both ways with regard to people who consult astrologers and psychics and so on. On the side of people seeking advice, their questions include words and phrases such as the following”
Will I marry?
When will my soul mate appear?
Will I be successful?
Will I die of disease or live a long life.
And the list goes on…
One of the main problems of such a subtle state of mind coming to the fore is that it also, to the extent and degree of the forfeiture, produces an expectation on the person they are consulting to provide an accurate answer, the outcome. Life can be hard and people yearn for answers and solutions and, of course, an end to their suffering. The job of the consultant is to provide answers that are accurate and true, as far as they can tell, to uphold a sense of hope and simultaneously maintain, even activate, a full measure of responsibility in the client seeking answers.
Thus, the solution to this dilemma often amounting to this temporary forfeiture of responsibility and of potentially disappointed expectations is simply to encourage at the outset the mutually respectful acknowledgement that any questions or answers which include prediction, to know what outcome will be and so on, can be safeguarded by clearly asking what is likely to occur or what do the probabilities indicate in regards to my question. If the metaphysical world and the many various methods of divination were ever to be regulated, this would be placed at the very top of the philosophy and ethics and/or policy outline.
The other side of this dilemma is that there are those astrologers and psychics who become so convinced of their convictions and their skills that they make grand and irrevocable proclamations about what will happen, with high levels of certainty at least. One of the casualties is that they perpetuate the expectation that it can be done, that the future can be predicted as though it is a veritable certainty. Another is that more reasonable, less credulous types of people avoid seeking the valuable guidance and insights available through astrology, for example, altogether. The situation becomes black and white: to proceed with an irresponsible and gullible attitude or to reject gaining the valuable insights available altogether.
Working consciously and deliberately with the understanding that the future is probable but not certain, invites us to gain a glimpse of what constitute the various probabilities of our future and with an appreciation of the self-growth and evolution of our soul. In other words, this awakened attitude can inspire and awaken us to a more conscious orientation to realize and manifest an authentic sense of self-actualization and thereby genuinely and responsibly engage in a process of conscious co-creation.
As it is, many people live reactively and lean on outer norms and live what may be understood as common sense and so on. As a result, society is becoming increasingly materialistic and more and more people are experiencing increasing levels of anxiety and despair and more and more people find themselves fearful, out of tune with their intuitions and addicted to pharmaceuticals of every sort, for example.
It is not simply our ability, right or destiny to exercise our free will; It is our inherent, spiritual responsibility. A responsible approach to astrology, for example, on the part of both practitioners and clients is to make it very clear at the outset that the future is probable and it is not certain. Without this acknowledged sense of responsibility, clients can experience auto-suggestion and lose touch with their inner strengths and intuitions to exercise their free will to focus on offsetting the negative repercussions of a difficult event or period that is predicted.
On the other hand, clients neither hold the astrologer accountable if and when they do not engage in the co-creative process to realize the possibilities of an opportunity in terms of events, themes and their timing. Sometimes apathy, resistance, and failure to consciously engage on the part of the client are the issue. While at other times it is the deeper reaches of their negative karmic patterns that prevent the realization of the loftier implications of an ideal event, experience or opportunity. (*This last statement is important and complex in terms of some of the deeper complexities of how astrology works and merits its own article or book even, altogether.)
Astrology works. And what it reveals is that we have a destiny. Probability is a core feature of this destiny and so too is Free Will. Existence provides the basic blueprint of the probabilities of destiny. These manifest archetypally, genetically, psychologically and socially. We are invited, compelled actually, to engage in a process of conscious co-creation and this implies the exercise of Free Will.
Yet, due to various factors, both personal and social, people are often unaware of these factors, the notions of destiny and the higher virtues of free will are not acknowledged. Many people live by reactive instinct which is the impulse to survive and by common sense and not be a deeper vision of who they are and what constitutes their deeper destiny and how they can consciously engage in a process of responsible co-creation to realize it. Whether by significant submission or control, people engage and live without a vision of a higher path which invites a deeper understanding of what constitutes their destiny and life purpose and so on. One of the main reasons is that they do not realize that their destiny is available in code in various blueprints to be interpreted and understood.
Astrology helps you to understand this blueprint, your blueprint. When we examine it closely, we recognize that built into it is both a probability factor and the requirement to exercise your free will in a process of conscious co-creation to fulfill it.