Ever feel like the universe has it out for you? Like there’s some unseen force putting obstacles in your path and raining misery down on your life? Well, if your planets or ascendant happen to fall on the 18th degree, that may very well be the case.
The 18th degree is one of the most notoriously difficult degrees in all of astrology. I like to call it the “diabolical degree,” as it can bring health problems of any kind, from physical to mental, or even just bad luck, excessive pessimism, or addictions. The energies around this degree seem to test your limits and challenge you in cruel ways.
The 18th Degree In Astrology
Those with planets or points at the 18th degree should be wary of health issues related to that planet or point. For example:
- The Sun at 18 degrees could indicate digestive problems or an unhealthy diet and lifestyle.
- The Moon here may show a tendency for emotional imbalance or addiction.
- Mercury could point to mental health concerns or a negative mindset.
- Venus here indicates strong feelings for someone with medical conditions, a romantic connection that persists beyond mortality, or an unhealthy addiction to a person.
This degree is associated with a lack of moderation and balance. People with placements here may go to extremes in some areas of life, whether it’s overworking, substance abuse, or unhealthy obsessions. The key is finding equilibrium and learning moderation.
With work and commitment to wellness, the diabolical 18th degree does not have to dictate your destiny. You have the power to overcome its challenges through self-awareness, balance, and nurturing your highest good.
The Challenges of The 18th Degree
The 18th degree is considered one of the most challenging degrees in astrology. Some even call it the “degree of evil.” If you have any personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars) or the Ascendant at this degree, you may face more difficulties than most.
This degree is associated with health problems of all kinds, whether physical, mental, or emotional. You may be dealing with digestive issues, allergies, depression, anxiety, or self-destructive addictions. In my case, it was diabetes type one. It’s a degree of excessive worry and pessimism. The key is finding healthy outlets for your mind and body.
Mental And Emotional Health
This degree can also manifest as excessive worry, anxiety, depression, or addiction. You may have a tendency to be overly self-critical or pessimistic. It’s easy to get caught up in negative thought loops and see the worst in situations. Making an effort to maintain an optimistic outlook and positive self-talk can help balance the energy of this degree..even though it can be extremely hard and seem impossible at times.
Bad Luck And Misfortune
Some astrologers consider the 18th degree to be the “degree of devil, satan, or misfortune” where people tend to experience more accidents, losses, betrayals, and setbacks in life. You may feel like the universe is out to get you at times. The good news is, you have the power to turn this degree into one of service and healing.
How To Escape The Grasp of The 18th Degree
Escaping the negative influence of the 18th degree in your chart is possible, but it will take conscious effort and awareness. The key is to not let this tricky spot have power over you. Your main goal is to focus on your health, both physical and mental.
Recognize The Challenges
First, identify where the 18th degree falls in your chart and which planets or points it impacts. Look for the life areas, relationships, or situations represented by that part of your chart. Be on alert for potential difficulties here, whether health issues, bad luck, excessive pessimism or addictions. Forewarned is forearmed.
Maintain An Upbeat Attitude
Do not let this single degree make you feel doomed or defeated. Your entire chart and the choices you make determine your destiny. Focus on the positive and beneficial parts of your chart rather than giving the 18th degree too much weight or attention. Surround yourself with optimistic people who lift you up rather than bring you down. I know it is easier said than done, but where there is a will, there is a way.
Take Proactive Steps
Take care of yourself both physically and emotionally. Engage in regular exercise, eat a balanced diet, limit unhealthy habits, and get enough rest. Seek professional help from doctors, therapists or support groups if needed. Also, be very cautious around the time of your 18th degree solar return each year. Plan fun and meaningful activities during this period and avoid taking unnecessary risks.
Spread Your Wings
The 18th degree can make you feel restricted or limited in some way. Counteract this by expanding your horizons through travel, education or new hobbies and social connections. Step out of your comfort zone and habitual routines. Growth and new experiences are the best remedies for the stuck or stagnant feeling this degree often brings.
Rather than being a “diabolical” influence, view the 18th degree as an opportunity to rise above limitations and gain mastery over your thoughts and responses. With awareness and commitment to wellbeing, you absolutely can escape its grasp.
Finding Balance With The 18th Degree Influence
Having a planet or point in your chart at the 18th degree can make you feel like you’re stuck in a frustrating loop. Your goal here, again, is to focus on your health, well-being, and self-love.
Practice self-care. Make sure to get enough rest, eat healthy, and exercise. Your physical health and mental well-being are directly connected. When you’re feeling good physically, you’ll have an easier time maintaining an optimistic attitude and avoiding negative thought patterns.
Focus on the positive. Notice the good things in your life each day, however small. Appreciate what’s working rather than worrying about what’s not. Take a look at all the good things and people around you – your health, your home, your family, and your friends. Be thankful for the little things too, like a hot meal or a sunny day. This simple shift in mindset can help offset the pessimism associated with the 18th degree.
Avoid escapism. Turning to addictive substances or habits usually just makes problems worse in the long run. Face your challenges head-on by identifying what’s really bothering you. Talk to a therapist or trusted friend and come up with a realistic plan to start improving your situation.
The Stars Can Give A Nudge, But They Don’t Control You
The 18th degree may make you prone to health issues or bad luck, but you have the power to turn things around. Maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle, cultivate an optimistic mindset, and avoid escapism. Don’t let this diabolical degree get the best of you.
Figuring out the 18th degree can take some time. For some people, they may not really understand how it affects them until later in life, maybe even in the second half. But now that you’ve learned about this, use that knowledge to your advantage. What you do with your life is up to you. Your fate is in your own hands.