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(This is part of the “Ask An Astrologer” series, where I occasionally try to demonstrate how getting a consultation can genuinely help and provide real guidance, using real-life examples. Want to find out for yourself? There’s a link to my e-mail at the bottom of this blog entry. Write me… and don’t be afraid to ask for my best rate, either).

HL writes:

“I want to invest time and money into study and certification in aromatherapy, feng shui, and astrology — all around which I have entrepreneurial ideas I’d love to go all in on. Will investing in these things pan out into earning at least a living, or will I need to stick to traditional jobs and income streams to get by?”

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One day, a child approaches her mother. “Mommy,” she says, “when I grow up I want to be an astrologer.”

The mother considers this for a moment and then, wisely, says “why not go for something more respectable and better paying… like panhandling?”

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Okay, seriously: being a professional astrologer is a little better than that. But it can be difficult making a living at it, especially if you’re just starting out. It’s the sort of thing that a lot of people can only do as a side job, or have to work it as a side job for a long time before they get to the point where they can go all in with it. It’s a good thing you’ve got more than just being an astrologer to go with — after all, the more things you have to throw at the wall, the more chances something will have to stick.

One thing that definitely helps you with life in general (but specifically with self-employment) is your Moon in Libra right on the Ascendant. Moon on the Ascendant generally tends to make people personable and well-liked (even on days when you don’t particularly feel personable or well-liked — Moon on the Ascendant needs to crawl away and hide from people sometimes). When you are self-employed, in essence you are the product no matter what it is you’re actually doing or selling.

As far as you are scaring up the money to get this all started, or making connections, or anything like that? Get on that now. Transiting Jupiter is now in conjunction range of your Moon and Ascendant, and that aspect will be exact in October and then carries on through to the first part of November. This is important because the Moon is the ruler of your Midheaven, and the Moon is also the natural ruler of physical and material comfort… so any transit to your Moon is likely to have particular effects as far as your career path.

Now, run! Go go go! Do it do it do it!

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Wait, no, stop!

How are you feeling? I mean, both physically and otherwise? This is important because transiting Saturn will be passing over your Neptune in December. This is important because Neptune is the ruler of your Sixth House which rules both work habits and health. I’m not necessarily predicting anything dire here… don’t panic, okay? If there’s an issue of any sort going on now, though, you should be getting it checked.

More likely, and more in relation to the nature of your question: transiting Saturn passing over the ruler of the Sixth House can make work a real drag. Even if you are self-employed and loving what you do, that transit can make getting things done more difficult, or can represent a lot of good old-fashioned hard work being put into things. Don’t be afraid of that though. In my experience, the metaphysics business gets really busy towards the end of the year… but then business drops off dramatically for January and February. Being self-employed is a little like being a farmer: make hay while the sun shines and all that.

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So: should you ditch all semblance of regular 9-5 living and go your own way? I’m always a little scared to talk someone out of a decent-paying job, but I’m not one to keep someone from following their dreams either. I can definitely say this much: I think you’ve got what it takes, and you’ve got some real opportunities to get there (or at least get much closer) happening right away.

 

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(This is part of the “Ask An Astrologer” series, where I occasionally try to demonstrate how getting a consultation can genuinely help and provide real guidance, using real-life examples. Want to find out for yourself? There’s a link to my e-mail at the bottom of this blog entry. Write me… and don’t be afraid to ask for my best rate, either).

BT writes:

“I am freaking out on life direction… I am seeking purpose”

First of all: don’t panic. Have you ever noticed how some of the most terrible people in life never seem to question their actions or the direction their life has headed? Congratulations on not being one of those people. We have more than enough of those already.

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Normally at this point I’d be making a big deal out of how using Whole Sign Houses can help us sort out the difference between The Midheaven (“what am I doing with my life?”) and The Tenth House (“what am I doing for a living?”), but this is one of those cases where the answer isn’t that simple. Both your Midheaven ruler (Venus) and your Whole Sign Tenth House ruler (Mercury) are under a lot of stress now. With a Mercury-Venus conjunction in your birth chart, you’re probably an idealist — nothing wrong with that! — but when those planets come under stress from a touchy transit, things can be particularly uncomfortable for you.

Here’s what’s going on: transiting Saturn is on your Ascendant, which is “who people think you are, and to a certain extent, who you think you are,” and square your Mercury and Venus. This same transit happened for you in mid to late 2002, and again in mid 2003. You were probably facing somewhat similar questions around “who you are” and “what to do” back then, with possibly more of an emphasis on your relationship(s). Your actions in response to this transit (and the results you got) back then may now contain some clues as to how you can best handle the transit this time.

Meanwhile, transiting Pluto is square your Neptune. In short, “the ugly truths of life are kicking around your hopes and dreams.” Since this is such a long transit, it’s both important to understand the role that it plays, but at the same time not put too much weight on it. It’s going to demand some change from you, sure… but it’s the Saturn transit that is the more pressing matter. You’re done with the Saturn transit by the end of the year. Merry Christmas!

Here’s what’s helping you: Transiting Uranus — the will to rebel and innovate — will be conjunct your Moon and trine your Pluto and then your Sun — for at least the next two years. This ought to give you the kind of energy and innovative thinking you need to figure things out for yourself and make the circumstances arise that you need. In fact, transiting Uranus conjunct your Moon may have you feeling more engaged with and excited by life that you ever have been before.

Here’s what you can do about it: First off, remember that overall the transits here are on your side in the long run. Yes, Saturn is going to be raising a stink for you for the next three months or so… and again in the middle third of 2017, thanks to a retrograde. But the problem here is not so much “what do I do with my life?” so much as “now that I have all this powerful emotional energy demanding an outlet, where do I direct it?” Part of the answer to that involves the fact that your Moon is in the Fifth House, which rules things like “having fun” and “hobbies” and “creativity. So although I can’t tell you what to do, I suspect your best approach is “have fun and be yourself, and the answers will begin to appear. Pursue those clues and the rest will more or less take care of itself.”

Yes, sometimes the answers are more practical and detailed and focused. This however, is not a time for a detailed list of obstacles and challenges and strategies for overcoming them. This is a time when you get to really be yourself, beyond simply the expectations others have of you and that you’ve imposed on yourself. That should prove to be (at first) both more difficult than it sounds, yet (in the long run) it’s your best approach.

(You also asked about your health. Yes, there are concerns there, what with the Saturn square to your Sixth House ruler, but it’s a bit beyond the scope of a blog entry. Consider getting a reading and we can cover that plus anything else you want to know about)

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As is often the case with any major celebrity breakup, there are rumors of cheating and substance abuse in the marriage of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. What does the astrology say? Let’s have a look… but first, this:

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A funny thing happened in Tulsa, Oklahoma around 7:30 PM last Friday… the day of the Lunar Eclipse in Pisces. There was this guy — his name was Terence, and he was born August 16th, 1976 — whose SUV had broken down by the side of the road. He was a fairly unremarkable guy with four kids. Who could have predicted anything would go wrong?

He was outside his vehicle when the cops showed up. I have no idea why the cops showed up… maybe Tulsa is slow on a Friday evening, but both the cops and a police helicopter were soon on the scene. For whatever reason, the police were suspicious that Terence was under the influence of drugs, so they pulled their weapons on him. Terence remained calm, put his hands up, and did everything he was told to do — because that’s what they always say, isn’t it? Don’t mess with the cops and they won’t mess with you? Co-operate and you won’t get hurt, right? Who could have predicted anything would go wrong?

(Are you starting to worry that there won’t be any more light and fluffy Celebrity Astrology today? I said there would be, and I’m not here to lie to you. Keep reading.)

Astrologically, the interesting thing is that this was shortly after the Lunar Eclipse. In fact at the very time this was happening, that Eclipse Point in Pisces had just risen over Tulsa, and it was closely conjunct Terence’s natal Mars. Old astrology references… the ones with all the harsh judgements and doomsday-like pronouncements… would tell you that this is potentially a time for sudden violence or physical danger. Of course, we try not to think that way these days, what with being so civilized and enlightened. Who could have predicted anything would go wrong?

Anyway, for whatever reason, the cops got spooked. One of them thought Terence deserved a shot with a stun gun. Three other cops chose bullets. All this, while Terence Crutcher did exactly what he was supposed to do and made no threatening moves. If you don’t believe me, there’s video from at least two different angles of the whole thing, if you have the stomach to watch a man being gunned down for no damned good reason whatsoever. Who could have predicted anything would go wrong?

Here’s his chart and the transits at the time. Go ahead, you be the astrologer. All the transits are there to tell us something could have gone horribly wrong. But, killed by police while being perfectly co-operative? Who could have predicted anything would go wrong?

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Terence Crutcher was a black man. He was having difficult transits, sure… but he made the mistake of showing up that day in the melanin-enhanced wrapper he was born with. So: who could have predicted anything would go wrong? Me. Or anyone who has spent a lot of time looking at how America works. You don’t need to be an astrologer for that, do you? Since then, police in Charlotte North Carolina have killed another unarmed black guy, who was apparently in the middle of committing the acts of being disabled and reading a book.

Astrology: it’s all about recognizing the patterns, people.

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Oh right. Brad and Angelina. Did I interrupt your happy, casual day with something uncomfortable? Sorry. I wonder what that must feel like.

Was there cheating or drug use involved in their breakup? Well, Brad had transiting Pluto conjunct his 7th House ruler and has a strongly aspected Neptune, and Angelina had transiting Uranus square her natal Venus and transiting Saturn conjunct her Neptune so… um, maybe?

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Whether you’re an astrologer or not, don’t focus on the familiar patterns that give you comfort while neglecting ugly truths. Try to see the other patterns that you don’t want to look at that could be ruining your world. Yes, celebrity gossip fans, All Lives Do Matter… not that you’re so stupid that anyone actually has to say that to you. But if you can’t (or by this point, won’t) see that some lives are treated as a lot more disposable than others, you haven’t been paying attention. Or maybe you’ve just been too busy numbing yourself with celebrity news and amusing memes and “reality shows” and feckless political arguments.

If that’s the case, then good… there’s hope for you yet. If not? Please, kindly, dear friend… take your deliberate ignorance and/or unwillingness to do or say something about this straight to Hell, where it belongs. Thank you in advance.

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I woke up with a strange, uneasy feeling this morning, as if something major and world-shattering had happened. “I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened,” as my old teacher would have put it. Was it something as petty as, say, a Presidential candidate misusing charitable funds to settle personal lawsuits? Nope. Was it something as un-noteworthy as an aid convoy in Syria getting blown up? Nah.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are getting divorced.

Unfortunately this heralds the end of one of modern societies most profitable lines of inquiry: when will Brad and Angelina break up? Seriously: have a dig through your old supply of tabloids and see how many times they’ve been reported to be on the verge of a break up. I believe the first rumors of a split between the two of them began approximately six months before they actually met.

I admit that, for someone who makes a living writing for the internet, I have almost been tempted to write about these two many times in the last few years, and I don’t think I have more than once. That was an article about general compatibility, and guess what? It turns out that otherwise compatible people, when subjected to stressful transits, can actually break up. Surprise!

Here’s the astrological postmortem:

Brad Pitt (December 18 1963, 6:31 AM, Shawnee Oklahoma)

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Two of the most important points in the birth chart related to marriage are the Descendant and the planet that rules it. In this case, the transits are obvious and classic. Transiting Saturn is approaching the exact conjunction to Brad’s Ascendant — and remember, the Ascendant and the Descendant are always exactly opposite, so this means transiting Saturn is opposite the Descendant. Transiting Neptune (dissolution) is also square the Ascendant/Descendant axis.

Brad’s Descendant is ruled by Mercury, and transiting Pluto is conjunct his natal Mercury... again, classic. For bonus points, transiting Uranus is square his natal Moon-Venus conjunction, which indicates disruption to his emotional core (Moon) and around the people or things he loves (Venus).

Angelina Jolie (June 4, 1975, 9:09 AM, Los Angeles California)

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Angelina’s Seventh House is taking a beating now too. It’s ruled by Saturn, and transiting Pluto is opposite her natal Saturn. For bonus points: that Pluto transit is also square her natal Moon (emotional self) and Jupiter (the natural planetary ruler of committed relationships). Finally, transiting Saturn is conjunct her natal Neptune and opposite her Sun… and transiting Neptune is square both those points, as was that last Solar Eclipse in Virgo.

So: ouch. No matter how compatible Brad and Angelina are, making it through transits like that is not going to be easy, at all… even without the pressures of fame and six children.

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But don’t worry: the Brangelina publicity industry isn’t dead just yet. Most of the transits the cause this breakup have a long time to go yet, and there is plenty of opportunity yet for Brad and Angelina to get back together, then break up, then get back together… or at least many opportunities for the tabloids to write about such things allegedly going on. But of course, the stories about ugly legal feuding will have to come first.

Eventually though, the matter will fade and the two will go on to lead their own lives. At that point America can get on with obsessing over the real business of the day. Not the economy, not international affairs, not health or education or immigration or taxation… the real big issue America faces.

When will Jennifer Aniston hurry up and have a baby already?

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