by Robert Wilkinson
I’ve had a few people ask me lately if “evil” can be seen in a birth chart. That is a very complex question with an easy answer if one finds the right point of view.
I last gave this to you two years ago, and only offer it again because a fan of the site wondered if evil could be seen in the charts of psychopathic killers who use guns to commit mass murder on children and adults. I told her I believe this is probably not a fruitful line of research after a point, since the same chart configurations can make for a tyrant or a Saint. It's all how we choose to deal with our life challenges.
I also put forth that I do believe that violent imagery seduces mindless people into mindless horrible actions. In a current example, the murderous lout in Santa Barbara was a self-absorbed narcissistic jerk sitting in his BMW, a spoiled child of rich clueless parents. Much is overlooked that shouldn't be.
I try to be realistic that it is in a scorpion's nature to sting, even if it kills itself in the process. So I suppose some qualities are inherent, but I also believe that it’s our task in this world to shed those that are hurtful to self or others, and embrace those that lead us to happiness and fulfillment.
Anyway, I gave you something a couple of years ago about my take on whether some birth charts are more evil than others. For those with a short attention span, some charts are more challenging than others, but since we all are Eternal Sparks of Light-Life-Love, if someone is hurtful, it’s likely they have fallen into toxic learned illusions. When we are in the presence of this, the only thing to do (if it's not our Karmic duty to deal with) is to put some distance between us and them, since it’s in the nature of a hurtful creature to hurt.
So today we re-examine the subject. After the first offering, it became so large that I had to split the original in two. So for your consideration,
Are Some Astrology Charts More Evil Than Others? – Pt. 1
Seeing the inherent “goodness” or “badness” in a birth chart seems to be something that perplexes even the best astrologers, as it seems to land somewhere outside of analytical techniques. Can we actually see whether there are tendencies toward “good” or “evil” in a birth chart?
Answering this question involves two big issues. There is the primary issue of defining what "good" and "evil" actually are. Then there are the usual astrological issues of how "free will" interacts with difficult aspects, circumstances, and head spaces.
As I've written before, we cannot find these in the aspects or sign positions, since supposedly “bad” sign positions and "negative" aspects between planets can manifest for good rather than difficulty, and supposedly great sign positions and great aspects can be in the chart of a person capable of very bad actions. That implies a factor beyond planets and aspects is at work in producing Sages and sinners.
Some students of Astrology believe that certain configurations are purely good, while other indicators seemingly show evil, whatever that looks like. However, throughout history there have been many evolved people with both harmonious and frictional sign positions and aspects, as well as toads in human form with both "favorable" and "unfavorable" sign positions and aspects. This is part of the "free will" element of astrology.
Here I’ll remind you that we have nothing to fear from "bad" sign positions and aspects, whether natally, progressed, or transit. We also should not assume that "good" aspects and sign positions will always yield results that are harmonious to what we believed would happen. Whether we are moving through harmonious or disharmonious aspects, we always have the potential to grasp the wheel of our "fate" and steer ourselves in a more productive direction.
While a chart can show elements of difficulty or malfunctioning personality traits, whether natal, progressed, or transiting, there is no chart factor that is purely evil or good. If that were true, it would imply that we don't have free will to determine our internal and external actions.
If we were born with "evil" indicators, then how "good" could that being be, or become? By the same token, if we were born with purely "good" indications, then how could we ever manifest "not good?" If we had nothing left to learn and were purely good, then why be born at all, since we'd be perfect?
If evolution is a continuum, then there will be lifetimes when we are more prone to "missing the mark," while other lifetimes we could be magnificent in some ways and not so magnificent in other ways. Here it is important to remember that "good" and "evil" are often in the eyes of the beholder, and what is good in one culture or situation could very well be disastrous in others.
Our birth charts show us what we’ve learned and demonstrated in prior incarnations, We bring both the “good” traits as well as the “bad” traits into this lifetime. These healthy and unhealthy ways of manifesting planetary energies are shown in the birth chart, and it’s our task in any given life to maintain our gifts and skills we bring forward from other lifetimes, cultivate new ones (however perfectly or imperfectly), and transmute negative tendencies into positive ones.
I truly believe that defining “good” and “evil” is one of the more difficult things to do, given our limited perception and understanding, since there are those things which are obviously “evil” and things that are conditionally “evil.” Similarly, there are things which are obviously “good” and things that are conditionally “good.”
We all confront these throughout our lives. By our choices we either further tendencies or negate tendencies. Knowing which tendencies are “good” or “evil” for us, and under what conditions, is one of the thorniest issues of human existence.
In part 2 we’ll take a new look at these issues and more, since by knowing these we can begin to get clear as to what is appropriate and what is inappropriate in our lives and circumstances.
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