Definite Maybes

“Oh, my dear, if you only knew how strange is the matter regarding which I am here, it is you who would laugh. I have learned not to think little of any one’s belief, no matter how strange it may be. I have tried to keep an open mind, and it is not the ordinary things of life that could close it, but the strange things, the extraordinary things, the things that make one doubt if they be mad or sane.”  ― Bram Stoker, Dracula

Astrology can reveal many insightful things, but can it point fingers and accuse someone of having done something wrong? Can an astrologer accurately and undoubtedly state that a specific configuration in an individual’s natal chart clearly illumines ‘the fact’ that they have committed or will commit a crime, that they have been an evil doer, that they may have caused harm to themselves or others?

This is a very touchy subject and a challenging ethical issue for an astrologer, even if such information gleaned from a chart would never hold up in court!

Any astrologer will tell you that it is easy to learn about something someone has done or has experienced and then go to their chart to find a planetary configuration that would lend itself towards the behavior and potentially confirm it. But how accurate and reliable is astrology at knowing with certainty that the behavior actually took place and wasn’t just a thought or plan the person had but never acted on it. How accurate are astrologers for seeing into the future and what may or may not truly happen?

As an astrologer, I’ve kept my readings with clients over the years on the positive side, providing insight into latent and upcoming potentials so that they can hopefully make the most of the planetary periods they are running and do their best with foreknowledge of current and upcoming transits. My readings were not sugarcoated and did not merely discuss ‘all that is good’. Vulnerabilities, patterns, and challenging periods were definitely brought to light. Astrologers would be doing a disservice if we would not offer this information.

But, in the end, it is the client who has the power. The client can and must choose their own course of action throughout their lifetime. And when it comes to their darker side (we all have it to varying degrees), they do have the ability –regardless of what they might believe- to take the higher road rather than continue down a ‘predictable’ (and possibly unconscious) path of potential doom. Will the individual work with effort and eagerness against a complicated trend in order to reshape or change a bad habit or attitude, or will they remain fixated through lack of willpower to be swept along continually by the strong flow of a familiar stream which will lead them nowhere or worse?

I am not a trained psychotherapist or psychiatrist, and my astrology education has not focused on the darker side of the human psyche per se. In that light, I believe it could be possible that more seasoned astrologers, especially those who have been educated in psychotherapy and hold degrees in psychology, may have the capability and experience to determine proven astrological conditions in birth charts which confirm and predict very precisely the criminal behavior that can manifest through afflicted clients. But even if they see it in the chart, does that mean for certain that it will manifest? And if so, to what visibility will criminal manifestation occur? Will the activity or behavior be secretive and subtle, or loud and bold public news?

For those of you who find this topic interesting and are wondering why I began the post with a quote from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, be sure to visit my case study Dracula: Monstrous Beast or Revered Ruler? and you’ll understand.


By Renate Maria Bell – certified Vedic Astrologer, Jyotish Visharada, and approved teacher with the Council of Vedic Astrology. She can be reached at  2022© Do not use, post, repost, or reprint in part or whole without the expressed written consent of the author.

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