Malefic

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Malefic is a term used in Traditional Astrology for Mars and Saturn, which were thought to have a harmful influence.
The "greater malefic" is Saturn; and the "lesser malefic", Mars.

When well-situated in a horoscope, however, their negative impacts decreases and they might even be helpful to the individual or event.

Modern astrologers largely reject any judgmental or deterministic interpretation of benefics or malefics, in the view that Saturn and Mars can be beneficial when they are well-aspected and their energies are used constructively by the individual, just as the energies of a seemingly beneficial planet can be poorly deployed.