What Your Karma Is and Who You Were in a Past Life Based on Your Zodiac Sign

What Your Karma

Everyone has a past life, which can majorly determine what your karma is now, and how your life will be in the present day and age.

In his song, That’s Life, Frank Sinatra looks back on his life, and croons about who he might have been in a past life:

I’ve been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate
A poet, a pawn and a king
I’ve been up and down and over and out

And I know one thing
Each time I find myself flat on my face
I pick myself up and get back in the race

As we live our current life, many of us are haunted by a perplexing question: who were we in a past life? What karma have we carried into our current birth? What should we have learned? How can we use our past experiences to have a happier, more fulfilling life in our current life?

First of all, what is karma?




1. (in Hinduism and Buddhism) the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences; also: destiny or fate, following as effect from cause.

Understanding your Horoscope (i.e. birth chart) may give you the answers you seek about your karma and who you were in a past life.

As you can imagine, this can be a complicated discussion, especially for non-astrologers. Therefore, I will keep it simple. There are many ways to look at your Horoscope to learn about what might have been your past life. For example, some astrologers look to the planet Saturn, retrograde planets, and the North and South Nodes in a birth chart to interpret someone’s past life.

But there is another more basic way to learn about your karma and past life experience. It is by knowing your “rising sign,” which is also known as the “ascendant.” Keep in mind that your Horoscope is divided into 12 equal segments, called “houses.” Each house is ruled by a sign of the zodiac. And, each house represents a department of life, such as your personality, finances, communications, home, family, children, work, partners, secrets, education, travel, spirituality, friends, goals, hidden secrets, and your past karma.

The 1st house of your Horoscope shows your ascendant (or rising sign). The ascendant sign describes your personality and who you are in the outer world “in this life.”

However, if you imagine rotating the wheel of your Horoscope down by one sign, the result is that the 12th house now becomes the 1st house. By doing this – you now create a window into your past lives, your karma, what you’ve learned, and the issues you are meant to work on in this life.

Here’s an example to make sure this is all clear. Keep in mind that the order of the zodiac signs is always, ARIES, TAURUS, GEMINI, CANCER, LEO, VIRGO, LIBRA, SCORPIO, SAGITTARIUS, CAPRICORN, AQUARIUS, and PISCES.


(1) To find out your rising sign (or ascendant) you will need your exact birth time. Go to the FREE Transit Calculator and put it in your birth information.

(2) You’ll see all the planets that are in your Horoscope. Find your rising sign. Then, look at the interpretation below to learn about your past lives and karma.

What Your Karma Is & Who You Were in a Past Life Based on Your Zodiac Sign

12 Ascendants:

1. Aries

If you have Aries rising on your first house now, your most significant past life was associated with Pisces. So, in your previous life, you were likely spiritual and deeply introspective living a dutiful life in service to others.

Your Aries rising says you are ready for a new beginning, learning to live a life that is free and independent where you serve yourself not others. Your challenge will be to avoid being too selfish. Your karma is to avoid being a victim.

You may have been a poet, a mystic, priest, healer, a shaman, or even someone imprisoned or battling some addiction.


2. Taurus

If you have Taurus rising on your first house now, your most significant past life was associated with Aries. You are coming out of a life of having been aggressive or even a fighter.

So in this life, you’re initiating, creative and even a bit impulsive in your drive to achieve material success, enjoy creature comforts, and the sensual pleasures of life. Your karma is to avoid being domineering.

You may have been a warrior, a general, or a successful merchant running your own enterprise.


3. Gemini

If you have Gemini rising on your first house now, your most significant past life was associated with Taurus. In that life, you had an earthy nature and were consumed with sensual desires.

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Larry Schwimmer

Larry Schwimmer is president of Astrodecision.com, a San Francisco-based consulting company. The firm uses planetary cycles analysis to counsel individual and corporate clients on picking the “best dates” to make successful decisions of all types: personal, marketing, financial, and political. Schwimmer is an internationally known business consultant, life coach, and astrologer (with a Fortune 500 M&A background). Visit his website: AstroDecision.comView Author posts