There exists a contradiction between foretelling the future and free will. If God already knows everything we are about to do, all of our choices, then maybe we don’t have free will. If something has to happen and it is inevitable, we are void of freedom. It is similar to film tape, where each frame has been predetermined, such is our lives. Knowledge of the future beholds a paradox: A result cannot precede the reason. We can only know or experience something after it has happened, but a future event has not yet occurred… therefore, if we can see a future event using astrology, it derives that that event has and has not occurred simultaneously. Moreover, if the prediction is correct, the future actually becomes the past… How can this situation possibly be? In the movie “Matrix” (1999), Neo asks the Oracle after dropping the vase, “How did you know?”, to which the Oracle responds: “Oh, what’s really going to bake your noodle later on is, would you still have broken it if I hadn’t said anything?”. In a deterministic world where life is a fixed and sold game according to the states of the positions of the stars, we are not responsible for our actions, as no man controls his actions. In a world where everything is predetermined, there is no sense for concepts like good or evil. Astrology in its formalistic form holds options and does not put our lives in a single direction. We can understand this from the structure of the Zodiac itself. The Sagittarius brings a variety of options such as travel, education, sports, and even horseback riding. Each sign brings a different set of options giving us a range of free choice. Astrologically, what is set in stone is not the event itself, but the shape (the sign or the planet in a specific time frame). This is because it’s bound to its mathematical order. The private event is open to our choice. It houses both determinism and free will. A mathematical formalistic determinism that bounds between stars and human consciousness. We have freedom of choice as a result of the options within each planet and sign. The choice that we make is bound within its general idea of its shape. We simplify from the event its story, allowing us to put ourselves on the general timeless plane. The signs turn in our consciousness to the determinism of shape, a type of basic plan in our minds. The signs are birthrights, void of content that grants our plans a shape, pattern, and frame, a type of contextual connection. You can symbolize it using a river, its flow directs us to a certain direction, but as we flow the waters shape the sides of the river and create different patterns from within the main flow. These patterns are our freedom of choice. The flow generates the river, which generates the flow. We are in a state of open and closed, in a combination of form/shape and content, eternal and temporary, choice and predetermined outcomes.
Separating between form/shape and content, eternal and temporary, event and idea, the construction on which the idea is based on, is extremely important. Its role is to grant us the free choice, to keep it Jewish, and to not lock it behind determinism (that takes away responsibility). The rationalist will argue that astrology has a twilight zone that slips away from discussion about either nor , what happened and what has not… but this twilight zone is a type of twilight that is between shape, idea, form, and the actual event. In the words of Gersonides (1288-1344, in his book “The Wars of the Lord”), it is the zone between the possible and necessary. This zone is necessary to keep our free will.
The astrologist, explaining the astrological map, brings the idea presented in the movie “Minority Report” (2002). In this movie, John Anderton, played by actor Tom Cruise, is chief of a futuristic 2054 police, serving in the pre-crime department (based on the story of Philip. K. Dick.), and its role is to prevent future crime. The information on the future crime is generated by a psychic named Agatha, who floats in a pool and predicts future crimes. Anderton realizes that part of the psychic visions have other possible minority reports (the assumption that something might happen but there is no guarantee of it) that adds another explanation to the one in Agatha’s visions. Astrology holds within this sort of minority report, of a different possibility to the future.