Whether you're sowing or reaping in this lifetime can be determined by counting the number of planets on the eastern half (the left half of the chart, houses ten through three) of your chart and then counting the number of planets on the western side (the right side of your chart, houses four through nine).
If there are more planets in the east than the west, then this lifetime is a sowing lifetime and you'll have a great deal of freedom and choices about what you do. Things won't usually fall in your lap from others, but anything you work toward consistently can work out. You'll have to put in a lot of energy to make things work, but you will have lots of choices as to what you work on. This time around, you're sowing your seeds and creating your own opportunities.
On the other hand, if there are more planets in the west than the east, you're in a reaping lifetime, and will have less freedom. However, you could say your life is set up for you to walk through—you'll usually find that it opens up to new opportunities from others just when you need it to do so.
In essence, you're harvesting the seeds you planted in previous lives, so your life is already "in place," so to speak. You may have fewer choices, but you don't have to work so hard to get where you're going—you just reap your harvest from previous lives! If you believe this is your only lifetime, then this will still reveal whether you create your own opportunities or receive them through others.
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