Your natal chart is a mirror of your life. So, if something is happening in your life, it is bound to be reflected in your chart. This also holds true for karmic relationships. If you feel you are in a karmic relationship, then the best way to confirm this is to study your and the other person's charts.
Astrology will not only help you confirm if it is a karmic relationship but will also tell you the nature of the relationship in the previous lifetime and what you may expect from this relationship in the present.
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Here are the five planetary placements that show the presence of a karmic relationship:
1. The conjunction of personal planets in the chart : If the personal planets - Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars and the Ascendant and the Ascendant lord in your chart conjunct the south node in the other person's chart or vice-versa then the relationship is karmic.
This kind of planetary alignment suggests the two of you were in a significant relationship, and there's still some unfinished work with regard to that relationship. Hence, the present situation has been created to enable you two to meet and complete the purpose of that relationship.The nature of the relationship depends on the personal planet conjunct with the south node.
For example, if Mars or Mercury is the planet, then the relationship could be that of siblings, comrades, friends, peers, competitors, or even adversaries.
If the planet is Venus, then it is very likely the two of you were a couple, lovers, or involved romantically in a previous life.
If the Sun is conjunct with the south node, then the relationship involves a male authority figure—such as a father or a boss.
With the Moon as the conjunction planet, the relationship involved a female authority figure in the family—such as a mother, a senior female relative, or a nurturer.
If it is the Ascendant or Ascendant lord, then the relationship could be with a guide, mentor, decision-maker, or someone in authority who had some level of control over the path your life would take.
This planetary placement occurs when the karmic relationship requires you and the other person to overcome your differences, learn to honour and respect each other, live in harmony, and, in the case of Venus, learn to love each other.
2. Personal planets are placed in the 12th House : When one or more of the personal planets of one of you is placed in the 12th house of the natal chart of the other person, it indicates a karmic relationship. This kind of placement suggests that there is a karmic debt from a previous life to be cleared. The two of you have been brought together in this life to settle the debt and create a balance in the relationship. Usually, such a debt arises when one of you has done more or given more than the other in the relationship. It can also appear that either one of you has caused immense pain to the other.
This kind of karmic relationship cycle can be closed by learning to release the pain, pardoning the other person, and being open to healing. It also requires you to learn how to apologise unconditionally and rectify your hurtful behaviour if you were/are in the wrong.
3. Personal planets form a Relationship with Pluto : When one of your personal planets forms a relationship via a square, conjunction, or opposition with Pluto in the other's chart or vice-versa, then this is an indication of a karmic relationship. In astrology, Pluto is associated with power and how you deal with it.
Do you use it for good or to harm, overpower, manipulate, and harm others? If it is the latter, then it will most likely result in a karmic relationship in another lifetime.
So, if you find this planetary placement in your charts, then most likely you are experiencing a power tussle in your relationship. It can be in the form of abuse, manipulation, or even gaslighting.
If you are the victim of abuse of power, this type of karmic connection teaches you to stand up for yourself, speak up, muster the courage to leave such situations, and fight back. If you are the one abusing power, then this karmic cycle helps you understand the adverse impact such tactics have and gives you an opportunity to improve your behaviour and apologise to those whom you have hurt.
4. Personal planets form a connection with Saturn : Saturn is the taskmaster, teacher, and lawmaker. So it is natural for this planet to have some connection with karmic relationships. This planetary placement suggests that you and the other person were in a relationship that was not based on love, respect, and understanding.
Depending on which planet in your chart is forming a square, conjunction, or opposition with Saturn in the other person's chart or vice-versa, the lessons are imparted. For example, the Moon and Saturn combination is an indication of emotional pain.
If Mars is the planet, then the abuse is most likely physical. If it's Mercury, then the mistreatment is usually mental.
If it's the Sun and Saturn, then it's likely that one of you was humiliated by the other.
And if it is a Venus-Saturn combination, then one of you held back from showing love and care to the other. In the present, this karmic connection manifests as either the same roles or as a relationship in which the roles are reversed.
If it is the same relationship playing out, then the victim needs to disengage with the abuser. If it's a role reversal, then the abuser goes through the pain they inflicted on the other person.
5. Personal planets from a relationship with Neptune : When one partner's personal planet forms conjunction, square, or opposition with Neptune in the other person's chart or the other way around, then it shows the existence of a karmic relationship.
Neptune-based karmic relationships either involve self-sacrifice, learning to act for the good of others, or putting others' needs before your own. In this connection, you are either giving too much or deceiving your partner, or it is the other way around.
This placement appears when you and your partner need to learn to respect and love each other for who you are, not what material gains or benefits you can gain from each other.