Shall I tell you what the real evil is? To cringe to the things that are called evils, to surrender to them our freedom, in defiance of which we ought to face any suffering.
~ Seneca (Roman philosopher, mid-1st century C.E.)
Okay, yes, I admit I was dismayed to pull this card for this week. As Mercury stations direct on Wednesday, and we bask on Friday in the Full Moon of Libra’s balance, I was hoping for something a little more … shall we say.. upbeat?
Having just been visited by The Devil only a month ago, and then receiving last week’s exact opposite (The Lovers), I am a little surprised and wonder what’s up.
Clearly, something important.
You can read what I wrote when it appeared during the week of March 5, by going here.
Focusing on this week’s Sun in Aries/Moon in Libra’s Full Moon, astrologer Annie Heese notes, “The Aries-Libra polarity is a relationship axis, where Aries represents ‘self’ and Libra represents ‘other.’
“Where Aries is about self-assertion,” she explains, “Libra is about compromise. The energy of the Libra Moon is the awareness of the need for relationships and all that comes with maintaining them — compromising, negotiating, graciousness, and balancing…
“This Full Moon urges us to strike a balance between meeting our personal needs and tending to the needs of a significant other, and between independence or autonomy and dependence or companionability.”
An interesting scenario in which The Devil decides to make an encore.
How do we balance our needs against the demands of others?
The Devil suggests two ways that can tempt us with short term results, but which ultimately ensnare us deeper in the traps of fear and fatalism.
On the one hand, we may rush into battle against those whose needs conflict with our agenda. Bellicose and full of self-righteousness, we ignore the sovereignty of others, we refuse to grant due credit to their differing perspective. We see the world as divided into those who support us — and everyone else, who is our enemy.
And so life becomes a never-ending struggle, leaving us brittle, unable to hear differing opinions or to believe in the goodwill of anyone who might disagree with our ever-narrower views.
But the other path is just as dangerous.
Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”
There are those who insist that being nice, polite, and deferential is the way to go. They want to please everyone, they ignore unpleasantness, and would do nearly anything to deny or avoid the inconvenience of facing and dealing with wrong-doing.
By their inaction, they are complicit. Evil flourishes when good people do nothing.
Like The Lovers, The Devil invites us to take a closer look at how we make choices. Do we make decisions based on the understanding that everyone can be accommodated, when Love is given priority over all?
Or do we choose from the fear that there is not enough, the world is against us, and we must protect ourselves first and foremost, at any cost?
The week ahead may test us, so be on the lookout for opportunities to step up, for yourself, or for others.
Let us not be so quick to label “evil” those who differ from us.
Let us shun the temptation to turn away from the discomfort of doing good where it is risky, unpopular, or difficult. Let us also resolve to be more open and understanding towards those whose ideas and needs conflict with ours.
If we do not push back against the slow, creeping morass of selfishness, intolerance, corruption, ignorance, and hate-mongering, who will?