Ask Charla: 3 Ways to Discover Your Past Lives

Posted on June 26, 2017

The idea that we could have past lives is fascinating, isn′t it? This is the topic I get asked about a lot—right after do they love me, who′s my soul mate, and what are the winning lottery numbers! I enjoy talking about past lives because there′s an air of mystery there. Our question this week is about past lives.

If you want me to tell you that you were Cleopatra, Mother Theresa, Julius Caesar, or Napoleon; you′re probably going to be disappointed! It doesn′t really work like that. Why? If you were meant to be remembering that particular past life in that particular setting, you′d still be there, not here!

Past lives can reveal a lot about you, though. For instance, phobias might come from some past life experience. Talents and skills you have in this lifetime could be ones you′ve brought over from a previous incarnation. It′s even possible that you know people with whom you′ve shared some aspect of a previous existence.

These people are your kindred spirits in some way.

With each incarnation, you will have experiences and you will encounter people who will teach you lessons you need to grow your soul. You can use astrology, numerology, and the tarot to give you insights and information about your past lives and how they can help you with your present incarnation.

Astrology & Past Lives

There are many markers in your astrology chart that hint at past life situations. One such marker is the position of the planet Saturn and the aspects that are made to it by the other planets. Saturn is the ‘old father time′ of the astrology chart. He′s also called the ‘Lord of Karma′ for a reason!

The examination of Saturn′s antics help you to understand what you have brought into this lifetime, and what your life′s lessons for this incarnation will be. In a relationship synastry reading, comparing your Saturn with another person′s can reveal much about the purpose for your connection in this lifetime.

The twelfth house also keeps a lot of secrets regarding past life information. It is the house that is known for hidden things, and for endings. It′s very spiritual, ruling dreams and the unconscious mind. Past life debt and karmic lessons often show up here, too.

The ruling sign and any planetary action in here will hint at issues that might manifest in your destiny during this lifetime.

Another area often overlooked is the North Node. This is paired with the South Node and they′re referred to as the ‘dragon′s head′ and ‘the dragon′s tail,′ respectively. Astrologers examine the sign and house these nodes fall in—as well as any aspects to them—to determine your potential destiny, and get glimpses at who you were in previous incarnations.

The nodes help you to understand what you′re supposed to do with your life. The north node shows you the direction your fate is supposed to take. It′s your life′s lesson, the reason you took birth. It will pull you out of your comfort zone, and instruct you how to make use of all the skills you brought into this incarnation from previous lives.

It can be an uncomfortable path to pursue—but I promise you that it′s even more uncomfortable to ignore it!

The south node is polar opposite the north node. Here you′ll find your gifts, the tools you were born with in this lifetime. It′s where you feel comfortable, where you feel at home. Even though it′s familiar, it′s not challenging. This is what you′re good at because you′ve done it in several previous incarnations. It doesn′t stretch you.

It′s not meant to be your life path; it′s meant to launch you into the lessons of the north node so that you can complete the destiny of this lifetime.

Finally, there′s Chiron, whom astrologers call, ‘the wounded healer′. Chiron is very karmic, especially at the time of your Chiron return—somewhere around the age of 50. Chiron shows you where your soul is hurting, and often you′ll overcompensate in that area of your life.

Sometimes you bring that pain in from previous lifetimes, and the lesson in this incarnation is to heal them. These are deep wounds which might take your whole lifetime to work through and understand. The position of Chiron and the planetary aspects to it reveal a lot about how to deal with any past life baggage that needs to be resolved and released.

Related Article: Discover Your Past Lives With Numerology

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Charla Stone

Hi! I’m Charla Stone and I learned astrology and mysticism way back in the 1970s. I've spent the last four decades using the stars, tarot, runes, crystals, totems, and more to bring light and guidance to others. I’m just an old hippie at heart who has traveled the world to learn of its cultures. I’ve been published online and in print—which still rather surprises me, as this isn’t something I do, it’s just who I am! When I’m not writing or doing readings, I’m spending time in my garden or the art studio, or with my beloved dogs. Read More by Charla Stone