The Karma of the Kennedys
Reincarnation is the mechanism by whereby
mankind may tread a pathway to immortality.
Movement on this path is greatly accelerated
or checked by karma. "As ye
sow, thus shall ye reap"...
to every action there is a reaction". . .so says the law. Advantages gained
through inappropriate actions of self- aggrandisement must be compensated for
or become magnified by karma in lives that follow.
As an example of a collective karma dating
back many lives the Kennedys are unparalleled; perhaps Czar Nicholas
II and the Romanovs of Russia, who together
in 1917, are the only other. example to come close. The heavy karma encircling
the Kennedys is well known.! have pointed it out many times in my lectures
and seminars for 25 years. It stems from their previous lives as Caesars
Rome, and who, as Caesars, were cruel and unscrupulous. They have incarnated
together now to redeem their awful karma of 2,000 years ago. It is aggravated
further by the karma of the Catholic Church and faith, which the Kennedys
embrace. The excesses of Imperial Rome were, in many instances,
repeated in the cruelty
of the Inquisition, the Spanish one in particular. It may well be that the
toll of tragic events associated with the Kennedy family is related to these
- Joseph P. Kennedy's eldest son, Joseph Jr,
a US Navy pilot, is killed in 1944 while flying a secret
wartime mission. His plane, packed with explosives,
up over the English Channel.
- Rosemary, Joseph's mildly mentally handicapped
elder daughter, is lobotomised in 1941.
- Joe's daughter, Kathleen, alienated from
her strict Roman Catholic parents after marrying
a Protestant, dies in a plane crash in 1948.
- Patrick Kennedy, John Jr's brother, dies
aged just days in 1963.
- President John F. Kennedy, having inherited
the family's political mantle after the death of Joseph
Jr, is assassinated in Dallas, Texas, op November 22, 1963.
- Senator Bobby Kennedy, JFK's brother, is
assassinated on June 6, 1968,in a Los Angeles hotel,
shortly alter winning the Democratic Party's Californian
- Senator Edward Kennedy is involved in a
car accident on the island of Chappaquiddick, just off
Martha's Vineyard, on the night of July18, 1969. His companion,
Kopechne, is killed.
- Edward Kennedy's son, Teddy has to have
his right leg amputated as a result of cancer of the
cartilage ( chrondosarcoma) in 1973.
- Bobby Kennedy's son, David Anthony, dies
of a drugs overdose aged 28 on April 25, 1984.
- In 1991, William Kennedy Smith, son of Jean
Kennedy Smith, JFK's sister, is on protracted
televised trial for rape and is acquitted.
- In 1994, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis dies
of cancer in the prime of her life.
- On December 31, 1997, Bobby's son, Michael
Kennedy, dies playing ski football.
- On July 16,1999, John Kennedy
Junior, his wife and her sister die in a plane crash.
Commentators sometimes quip about there being
a "curse" upon the Kennedy
family ;and then they immediately dismiss the idea as ridiculous in this day
and age of scientific reason. But there is no "scientific" explanation
or language to describe the series of accidents and horrors that have befallen
the Kennedys. When people attack astrology and the esoteric sciences this example
is always worth quoting. Saturn is the planet of karma of long standing which
has roots that lie many lives ago. Its action is protracted and dragged out
and is often harsh and cruel. Even the third generation branches of the family
the terrible karmic link. The tree is budding and the karma is attacking the
In trying to understand the way in which the
laws of karma work, it would seem that karmic incidents could
be classified under the four classical elements:
Fires, explosions, gun incidents, hunting accidents. . .
Automobile accidents, train crashes, earthquakes, crushing, assassination
Air disasters, weather, tornadoes, and hurricanes...
Drowning, storms at sea, mud slides, hemorrhages . . .
Tragedy, however, is not inevitable; our stars
do not irrevocably doom us. We have free will to choose how we
respond to what karma brings; and there
than one way of meeting it. As it happened, there were elements in the character
of John Kennedy Jr that allowed his karma to manifest in disaster, namely,
inexperience and a reckless disregard for normal procedure. He played out
the role of what
I call a 'rich kid'. I've always maintained that those born with a silver
spoon in their mouth are afflicted more than blessed. It takes
away the necessity
to accept the challenges the soul presents them with and deprives them of
to gain spiritual staying power. The family situation allows them concessions,
privileges, and roles in life that are hard won by those who have to struggle
The soul has nothing to gain from an incarnation
in which its personality is not challenged to establish itself
independently but has again resorted to
the taking of other people's wealth, which was one of the cruelty factors
the Caesars were notorious .And here is an example of appropriating, the
riches of others in the latest incarnation. John Jr inherited
his mother's wealth,
which she had acquired from the world's richest man.
The problem with rich kids is that they don't
get any real experience, and this is what killed John Jr. He
had not had enough experience as a pilot
to fly his
plane with the delicate instruments which are required at night. Saturn
is the planet of experience and mastery of material things but
in John Jr's
horoscope Saturn is afflicted.
It has also come to light since the crash
that his marriage to Carolyn Bessette was on the rocks, and that
that her sister, Lauren Bessette, intervened to
rescue the situation by promising to accompany the couple on the fateful
the months following their deaths, speculation has grown about whether a
row could have contributed to the crash.
John's attraction to danger and risk further
compounded the situation. There was a reckless disregard for
normal procedures that would have ensured his
safety. He liked to play by his own rules instead of by the book. It is reported
the biggest concern of the Manhattan District Attorney's office in hiring
him as a lawyer, other than his failure twice to pass the Bar
exam, was the thousands
of dollars of unpaid parking fines. John Jr did not feel that Manhattan's
traffic and parking laws applied to him.
One is reminded of the myth of Phaeton. Phaeton
was the son of the sun god, Hellios. When he boasted of it to
his friends they challenged him to prove
The young man, therefore, went to his father, who was happy to see him and
promised to grant him whatever he wished for. Since he wanted to dazzle his
Phaeton asked to be allowed to drive his father's chariot for a day. The
reluctant Hellios kept his promise. The youth, however, was a
rash and imprudent driver.
He did not have his father's skills or experience. The chariot veered out
of control, setting fire to the world. Zeus struck Phaeton down
with a thunderbolt
to prevent total destruction of the earth.
The story of Phaeton reflects the self-destructive
tendencies of those who get too high too fast. Their youthful
exuberance and dazzling potential belie
inexperience, sometimes with tragic consequences.
For what you ask is the one gift that I
Would keep beyond your reach;
let me attempt to unpersuade you of your wish,
one that asks too much,
too far beyond your
or any boy's.
Your destiny is mortal...
- The Metamorphoses, Ovid
Accidents and karma often interfere with the
unfolding of the soul's purpose. John Kennedy Jr was born with
Virgo rising in the horoscope, the sign of purification.
His soul wanted him to redeem his karma through hard work and service to
We don't know what John Jr might have achieved
in expressing his soul for he died so young, but the publication
of his magazine George was an exemplary
way to express his Virgo ascendant. In publishing George he tried to make
politics accessible to and interesting for ordinary citizens.
He found, at last, a vision,
a contribution to society. Shortly before his death, he wrote: "the printed
word influences our thoughts and actions as individuals and as a nation, and
new ideas change the world in profound way."
We may draw the conclusion from this episode
in the karmic life of the Kennedy family the supposition that
heavy karma can be countered by diligent, protracted
effort that does not seek reward. Those with heavy karma indicated in the
horoscope would be wise to consider this statement, for the astrologer
today is asked
just that question: How can I offset my difficult karma? Two factors can
The first is the strong advice never to undertake
harmful acts but on the contrary to exercise harmlessness. The
second has already been given and is reiterated
here in a paraphrase of JFK's famous injunction:
Ask not what the world can do for you; ask what you can do for the world." .
The Karma of the
Kennedys has been reproduced by kind permission
of Dr.Douglas Baker from his magazine INSCAPE, issue 4 The Journal
of Esoteric Science
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