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Fate vs. Destiny: Which Are You Living?

When you think of following your destiny, what is your first thought? Do you wonder what your destiny is and how it is different from fate?

I've been wondering that as well, and here's what I have come up with.


  • Fate is preordained.

  • It is fixed, and you don't have a choice.

  • Fate is based on static patterns.

  • If you don't course correct, it is the trajectory on which past decisions set you.

  • It is unconscious and follows deeply seated, unchanging patterns.

  • Fate is living by default and not consciously choosing life.

  • With fate, you use your natural gifts and talents unconsciously.

Fate could be looking at your Astro-numerology or Human Design charts and saying, without any room for modification, "This is the way I am and will always be."


On the other hand, destiny is more fluid. It has its roots in fate but moves on from there.

  • Destiny is understanding your fate and deciding to change it or modify it.

  • It is mutable, not fixed.

  • It is what and how you choose to express your gifts and abilities.

  • You make conscious choices and accept the consequences of those choices.

  • Destiny includes making course corrections.

  • It is knowing you are a powerful creator of your reality.

  • Destiny is using the power of your gifts and talents for a bigger purpose than just yourself.

Of course, following your destiny path is not as easy as it sounds. It requires an understanding of self as the creator of your experience, plus awareness of your gifts as tools to use in this life. You make conscious choices and create consciously.

Then you have to deal with the fears, the clever ways you avoid sharing of yourself, and energetic distortions in your energy body from current, other lifetimes, and your ancestral memories. Take a look at your current life. Where will you be in 5, 10, or 20 years if you stay on your energetic trajectory? Do you think it might be worthwhile to make a few shifts?

Have courage. You can live your destiny, one step at a time, one choice at a time. Pay attention to the inner urging of your heart. Then notice what your mind says you should do. Then choose.


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