Beneficial Thought: Karmic Relationships & Tools for Personal Growth

What is a healthy relationship? Why do relationships begin and end? What was the purpose of that relationship? These are all questions that we ask ourselves in order to clearly define the role relationships play in our lives.

The nature of relationships may encompass many different levels, from family and friends to intimate lovers. Regardless of level, all relationships carry the potential for personal growth.

What are Karmic Relationships?

Karmic relationships are the relationships that exist to provide obstacles and rewards, that show us where and how to focus our strengths in order to evolve. There are underlying forces at play in these relationships that make it seem as if we have no control over what happens. It is as if we have agreed to enter into something that may open our hearts wider than ever imagined or rip our hearts into pieces, both of which are possibilities.

That is because karmic relationships serve a purpose. They are more than just a physical experience, they are relationships on a soul level. Each individual soul has decided to meet up with another soul in order to work through karma or a specific lesson that is the intention of one or both of the individuals.

We have all heard the term “soulmate” or “twin flame” these are both terms for karmic relationships. These relationships do not have specific parameters other than the intention. They can be life long relationships, like with your parents, siblings, or significant other, or they can be short lived relationships with some person you dated for two months.

Regardless of time, karmic relationships have a way of turning your life upside down so you notice what areas are in need of growth and evolution.

One of my favorite authors, Elizabeth Gilbert says it best in her book Eat. Pray.Love.,

“People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.

A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave.

A soul mates purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life, then introduce you to your spiritual master…”

How to Grow Karmic Relationships

Not all karmic relationships end, many go on to be happy healthy relationships. That is where astrology comes in. In astrology we use what is called Synastry to find aspects formed between the two natal charts of those involved in the relationship.

A synastry chart compares the various elements of each natal chart and how they come together. This analysis goes deeper than just compatibility, it shows the way in which the individuals interact and how they learn and grow from each other.

By bringing awareness to the aspects which influence your relationships can help you form effective means of communication, navigate conflict, highlight the potential growth points, and find peace in knowing the purpose of your connection.


Karmic relationships are transformative experiences. They are vessels for growth and take on many forms. As you think about all the relationships past and present, how many of them have felt karmic? What have you learned or continue to learn from each one? Most importantly, how much have you grown from being in relationships?

Related Article: Cleanse & Repair Your Life’s Karma With Numerology

About The Author

Ashley Tracey

Ashley Tracey is a passionate and empathetic soul with the purpose in life to help others live at their highest potential. She works with clients to empower wholistic well-being, expand consciousness and activate purposeful living through intuitive coaching and soul-centered astrology. She began her metaphysical calling at a very young age and continues to integrate her knowledge and passion into the work she does with individuals and the community. She currently resides in Denver, Colorado and travels to host workshops and retreats all over the world. You can connect with her at and on Instagram @ashleytracey_soul_centered
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