Probably the most enlightening thing I ever learned was about Hugh Everett’s “many worlds” theory. It was dramatized in the movie, “What the Bleep?” and was also illustrated in the book, “One,” by Richard Bach. The theory is that when we are confronted with choices, we have “free will” to choose into which direction our lives will shift. For instance, it is not a “given” that you will inevitably choose to kill someone, marry someone, etc. Options for the future shift the minute you make a choice. This is why it is impossible to “predict” from your chart exactly what you will do or what will happen (since other people can do surprising things that are not in YOUR chart), although the chart does show your “line of least resistance.”
An example is when you are confronted with the need to make a decision. For instance, you might have a choice of whether to buy an expensive item on credit or to wait until you have the cash. If your chart shows a tendency to live beyond your means, you may need a “lesson” about that, and events could have been pre-planned before you were born (by yourself) to deliver it. BUT, if you know ahead what the lesson is about, you can make different choices and build in different habits—and, therefore, different results.
Most people live largely unconscious lives and so the predictive methods Astrologers use are usually accurate. However, there are times when people surprisingly choose to “break free” from habitual patterns and do some wiser and more heroic things. I have no way of knowing when or if that will happen…although there might be clues pointing to it. My job is not to predict the future, but to help people make better decisions by outlining the “line of least resistance” that is probable in the future. If someone doesn’t like it, then it is a clue to make better decisions.
It’s really difficult because I cannot make decisions FOR people. I can only relay what is there in the chart and hope that people will do something to change habits so that they have outcomes that they want and/or that are more productive. That is the main reason I don’t like to forecast for more than a year at a time. One time someone wanted his whole life forecast!! I couldn’t get this concept across at the time, but I didn’t do it, either. There are exceptions….i.e. children’s charts can be forecast rather accurately for the first couple of decades because they are not independent enough to make their own decisions. By the first Saturn return (roughly age 28) a person is much more autonomous.
One more thing….a birth chart is just a frozen moment in time. It can be the chart of a country, a dog, an event (like a party), or really, anything at all that has a beginning. That is why, it is necessary to TELL your astrologer something basic…like whether it’s the chart of a person or not, and if so, at least the entity’s gender! You do not go to your doctor and say, “Tell me what hurts.” You at least tell him (or her) your symptoms!