The Family Scapegoat


The Scapegoat is the family member who takes the brunt of the criticism for the problems that have arisen within the family, and as a result, this individual often experiences feelings of rejection and isolation. When anger, animosity, and irritation are aimed at a single family member, that person becomes the role of victim for the issues that plague the family. This person is often made to feel guilty and is compelled to bear a feeling of sin. The act known as scapegoating may be seen as a kind of bullying, as well as exclusion, denial, and accusation.

The outcast member of the family is the one who brings shame to the household and may even be excluded entirely. The astrological significator for being made the scapegoat in the family or being labelled the “black sheep” might vary from case to case. Sometimes it is observed with Pluto in the water houses (4th, 8th, or 12th), and it may be an indication of prior complexes left behind by family members that have been left unresolved for many years. Things that are happening subconsciously inside the mind of the family are represented by the water dwellings. Pluto a water house is often left to cope with some type of familial destiny, but they may be the agents of change and transformation in the family, and as a result, there are potentially good elements to being the black sheep of the family if it brings healing to old conflicts.

Pluto’s placement in the 12th house imparts an incomprehensible and complex sense of emotional guilt as well as a sense of being persecuted; hence, it is not unheard of for a person to play the role of the family scapegoat. There is occasionally a dark history of abuse, cruelty, or violence flowing down the ancestral line, and the person has a premonition that there is something mysterious lingering in the background and within the family lineage. People with a prominent Pluto in their charts are occasionally made to feel shame and guilt by coercing them into admitting to have committed crimes for which they were not responsible. People born under the influence of a powerful Pluto are more likely to take the brunt of a family assault and the responsibility for problems. Pluto individuals, on the other hand, don’t tend to shy away from profound feelings and aren’t afraid to confront some of the more in-depth issues that arise within the family. Nevertheless, the “black sheep” is typically someone who the household focuses a lot of attention and energy on when discussing the individual.

Some astrologers have said that Plutonian offspring, in general, may have the feeling that they are the outcast of the family, and they may exhibit qualities that are quite dissimilar to those shown by the rest of the brood. The person who is designated as the ill, bad, or deviant member of the home is often the scapegoat or the black sheep. Pluto in the watery houses may be a symbol of a family’s shameful history, a secret that has been kept concealed for a long time, unresolved or unacknowledged conflict, or even a carrier of the family demons. A family member who is used as a scapegoat may unconsciously accept blame for everything, including negative emotions such as resentment, hatred, and humiliation. This individual is often referred to as the “identified patient” in the field of psychology, and they may be seen as the member of the family who is the most ill or unwell.

Saturn is another planet that may be connected with bearing heavy responsibilities, a profound feeling of duty, and guilt. People who have Saturn in their horoscopes may assume that they are to blame for all of the issues that occur in their environment. A member of the family who plays the role of the Neptune scapegoat is more likely to have feelings of prior victimisation, helplessness, and impotence. When located in the twelfth house, the planet Neptune has the potential to serve as a kind of intermediary for long-lost ancestors as well as a flowing vessel for the collective grief, anguish, sacrifice, and unfulfilled hopes. Planets that are placed in the 12th house, which is known as the house of undoing oneself, run the risk of being the victim or scapegoat in disputes that include extended family members. There is a possibility that there is a history of mental illness, substance abuse, alcoholism, and emotional issues within the family. Neptune’s placement in the 12th house may lead to feelings of victimisation and the perception that they are the one who is tormented and the root of all the issues. It’s possible that the family has a lengthy history that includes instances of mental illness, being victimised, or having unfulfilled longings.

Planets that reside in the 12th house tend to alienate and distance themselves from their families, and they can get the reputation of being the family scapegoat and shoulder the responsibility of resolving old grievances. The placement of Neptune in the fourth house may also be symbolic of unusual dependence on substances like drugs or alcohol, as well as a feeling of having suffered in the past. Neptune is often referred to as the victim-redeemer, and those who are more prone to sacrifice themselves to an image of a victim are more likely to be affected by patterns in the horoscope that have this quality. There is also a possibility of Sun-Neptune or Saturn-Neptune aspects, and such people are more eager to shoulder the responsibility.  Introverted signs like Virgo, Capricorn, and Scorpio, as well as powerful placements in the 8th and 12th houses, may also be seen. Saturn-Pluto aspects have also been nicknamed the Hitler and tormented scapegoat; hence, this link identified in the water houses will have the same difficulties.

It is possible that we will also investigate the lunar aspects as they pertain to the sensation of being connected to and a part of one’s family. If you are the family’s scapegoat or black sheep, you might think that the further away from the family you are, the better off you will be. However, it appears that we would rather put up with some level of destructiveness in the family than be completely cut off from them.

Many people have a powerful need to identify with their historical roots, and suffer great anxiety if they are torn away from their place of origin. They would rather risk pain and even death than pack their bags and move somewhere else. Often we cannot understand why people persist in living on the slopes of active volcanoes which are guaranteed to erupt periodically, or remain entrenched in zones of obvious danger. For the same reason many people remain in miserable marriage or destructive families. The terror of being alone, a wanderer in the world is deemed worse than the suffering and claustrophobia of their situation. The Moon cannot bear isolation, and will often cling to a family demon rather than pursuing an unfamiliar independent angel. The Luminaries: The Psychology of the Sun and Moon in the Horoscope (Seminars in Psychological Astrology)

Uranus aspects are also given the label of “outsider,” and because of this, they march to the beat of a different drum. This may represent a member of the family who is seen as peculiar or especially distinct. Chiron in the natal chart is also another signification that represents wounds, as well as the feeling of being an outsider and different, and we can also look at the synastry of the charts of those who are scapegoating us.