When you’re learning astrology, you’re often focused on dissecting your own natal chart to further understand yourself and the complexities of your life better. We tend to focus first on the areas of life where we struggle, and zone in on the parts of our chart that are deemed astrologically difficult. Anaretic or critical degree planets, interceptions, quindeciles, too much 8th house energy, or any number of things make people worry that they’re “doomed” or that they should just “give up hope” because of their chart.
Please, don’t do that! Your natal chart is neither good nor bad; sure there are patterns and points that are easier and beneficial, and others that are difficult and harsh, but there is no such thing as a perfect, wonderful chart with no issues. There’s no such thing as a perfect, wonderful PERSON with no issues! We all have something to work through in our lives, and this is reflected in our charts. This isn’t good or bad, it just IS. Having difficulties in your natal chart is not an excuse to throw in the towel. We ALL have them! You’re not alone, no matter how much it feels that way. Millions have come and gone with the same difficult astrological pattern or point and got through it. Of course, millions have come and gone with the same difficult astrological pattern or point and didn’t, but you have a leg up in that you understand astrology. You know it’s there, which means you can also learn how to deal with it.
Every bad part of your chart has a way out. It may not be an easy answer, and it may not be what you want to hear in the slightest, and you may think you’re not willing or capable. But it’s there, and you have a choice to make. Do you want to stay scared, or do you want to grow?
The irony is, some of the most influential and inspirational people in history had what can be considered very difficult natal charts. They were still able to overcome that and become who they became. There is no reason astrologically why that can’t be the same for you. Maybe you have particularly difficult personal issues, maybe you have circumstances beyond your control that you can’t change, but astrology isn’t one of those things. The difficult parts of our charts are where we learn and grow, develop empathy and compassion, become wise and thoughtful. They challenge us to move, to change, to be something more. Astrologically, this is because they contain so much more energy than the easy, pleasant stuff does, where it’s easy to take things for granted and lack motivation. That isn’t the case with the difficult stuff. We can’t ignore the difficult stuff. It’s in our face and it pushes us. Hopefully not off of a cliff like Thelma and Louise, but, ya know, somewhere better.
So when you read about difficult positions that are in your natal chart, don’t get scared or think you’re doomed or believe you’re just screwed. Know that this is what can define you. What do you want it to say about you?