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matthew currie astrology mars conjunct south node

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When Mars is retrograde, it’s often a time when it’s better to think about bold action, rather than to actually strike out. When Mars is retrograde and conjunct the South Node (as it is now), it’s a time when you should think especially carefully before you act based on old wounds from the past, or (worse) if you use your past as an excuse to mess up your present or future.

Remember when you were a kid and you wanted a pet monkey, but you were crushed because your parents said no…?

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July 20: Mars (retrograde) conjunct South Node
You’ve decided that you’re going to confront this shadow from your past and finally do something you’ve always wanted to do: you’re going to buy a monkey. This is going to be awesome!

July 27: Lunar Eclipse at 4 degrees Aquarius, conjunct Mars
Things aren’t working out as planned with you and Mr. Bobo. He poops pretty much wherever he wants to, and has a habit of going into the kitchen and throwing everything off of the shelves. But you know, any relationship takes work, so you’re not about to give up.

August 1: Mars (retrograde) square Uranus
Mr. Bobo is now regularly flinging handfuls of poop at you, and you can’t pet him anymore because he keeps trying to bite you. You buy a roll of chicken wire and intend to build a cage for him, but you can’t get him into it, so you just use it to wall off a portion of your living room.

August 3: Mars (retrograde) sextile Chiron
You find yourself wondering if it was really all that traumatic when your parents told you you couldn’t have a pet monkey. Sure, you have issues with your parents, but that doesn’t mean they were wrong about everything. You find yourself at peace with your past, and Mr Bobo calms down for, like, at least half a day.

August 12: Mars (retrograde) enters Capricorn
It’s time to apply some common sense to the Mr. Bobo situation. You watched a bunch of YouTube videos about training monkeys and, with luck you will hopefully have some kind of a useful pet. Sounds like a plan, right?

August 27: Mars goes direct
The monkey absolutely cannot be reasoned with. His half of the living room is now shredded beyond recognition. You decide to call the guy you bought the monkey from to ask some questions. It turns out the monkey used to be in a laboratory study of aggression in drug addicts, was apparently very badly treated, and just might have herpes.

September 25: Mars conjunct South Node
Once again you find yourself wanting to address issues from your past. Your ex calls and talks to you about your life, and by the end of the conversation you start thinking that maybe things weren’t so bad with that relationship after all. Maybe you two could give it another shot.

… But then the lesson from the last time Mars was conjunct the South Node kicks in. You realize that reconciling with that jerk would be a terrible mistake, but you still want to honor the good parts of it. So, with that in mind, you give your ex a gift. Specifically, a pet monkey…

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matthew currie astrology july 12 2018 eclipseI often tell my clients that a New Moon is an excellent time to set your intentions for the coming month.

I sometimes wonder, though, how useful that advice is, or how many people actually follow it. Setting your intentions on a New Moon is a little like New Year’s resolutions: by mid February at the latest that gym membership is going unused, and you haven’t done anything to find a better job.

July 12th brings us not just any New Moon, but a Solar Eclipse. That makes it particularly powerful as New Moons go, but the opposition to Pluto makes it far more powerful than even a regular solar eclipse. how this is going to affect you is of course dependent on the placements in your individual birth chart. For some this will be overwhelmingly positive… read my previous blog entry about this Eclipse here if you haven’t already.

Making room for new growth, even if it’s for something very good, usually involves clearing some dead wood. And that, I think, is the lesson this Solar Eclipse will be bringing us.

So: in order to make room for something beautiful and true in your life, even if there is a very happy outcome to all of this, you just might have to let go of something. It might mean letting go of the damage from your past, which is one of those things that sounds good in theory but is often painfully difficult in practice. It could be a matter of releasing an attitude about yourself or someone or something else that is holding you back from achieving your full potential. Or, it could be as simple as letting go of someone you love because you’ve come to the opinion that you’re both more in love with each other’s damage, or your own. In any case, remember that (medically speaking) amputation is sometimes necessary, and clearly the right thing to do — but nothing is worse than a botched or incomplete amputation.

I may not know what your individual situation may be… but, Dear Gentle Reader, I assure you that things can and will be better in future. And I assure you the one way or another, that work will begin with this eclipse. Godspeed… and if you want to talk about this, you know where to find me.

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smatthew currie sign change operation
Today on my blog I am interviewing someone who is a pioneer in the field of astrology: the first person to ever get a Sign Change operation. Under condition of anonymity, she has generously offered to share her story with us today.

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MC: First, tell us a little about yourself.

ANON: Well, I was born in September, but from the very beginning I suspected something was wrong. I was always told what Virgo was supposed to be like, and I did research into it on my own, but somehow it just never seem to fit me. Every year I’d get hand sanitizer and self-help books for my birthday, but I never got any use out of them.

MC: That sounds awkward.

ANON: It was. All the other Virgos said that when they grew up they wanted to be veterinarians or nurses. I wanted to be a NASCAR driver. I loved climbing trees as a child, but all the other Virgos would ever do is stand around with their first aid kits waiting for me to fall.

MC: When did things change for you?

ANON: When I was 12 years old I found a book in my mother’s night stand that I knew I wasn’t supposed to read. It contains the descriptions of all the Signs, but I didn’t get past the first one. As soon as I read it, I knew it hard what I really was. I was an Aries trapped in a Virgo body.

MC: Were you able to discuss this with your parents?

ANON: I didn’t work up the nerve to tell them until I was 16. They didn’t take it very well at all. My mother cried for a week straight. My father beat me about the head with a copy of Linda Goodman’s “Sun Signs.”

MC: How were you finally able to come to terms with all this?

ANON: As with many people, it began when I moved away and went to college and engaged in some experimentation. Sure, I had Fire Sign friends — just like most people do — but I was afraid to explore that side of myself until one Saturday night I was invited to a Fire Sign party. I was hoping to just sit back and observe, but I had a few drinks and I became more comfortable with the atmosphere. By the end of the evening I was completely drunk, made plans to go skydiving, rode a mechanical bull, and made out with a Sagittarius.

MC: Did you experience any guilt or conflict the next morning?

ANON: Absolutely not! I had discovered who I really was, and had decided that I was going to change to be more myself, not less. After a long search I was able to find a practitioner who could help me undergo Sign change.

MC: And who would that be?

ANON: The Reverend Doctor Guru Onan Gupta.

MC: I see. And what does this Sign Change procedure consist of?

ANON: Once a month Reverend Doctor Guru Onan Gupta performs a ritual for me that helps me be more impulsive and less concerned with details. There are also supplements that he sends out.

MC: What kind of supplements?

ANON: Cayenne and jalapeno poppers, mostly.

MC: How much is he charging you for this?

ANON: $500 for the initial session, then $400 per month for the supplements. I’m told them within 18 months I will have completely transitioned.

MC: You know what I find interesting about this? I have had a look at your birth chart and yes, you have Sun in Virgo. But you have your Moon, Mars, and Jupiter in Aries, and your placements in Libra are amplifying those factors in your birth chart. So really, it’s no wonder you’ve always identified more with Aries than with Virgo. You didn’t need any kind of Sign Change procedure: you just needed to talk to an astrologer who understands that there’s a lot more to a person than just their Sun Sign.

ANON: I… I didn’t know that.

MC: …And that would have cost a lot less than you’re paying for your so-called “procedure.” And it would have been a lot more insightful, and far less expensive.

ANON: (after a long pause) I wonder if I can get my hand sanitizer back.

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matthew currie astrology july 12 2018 eclipse“We cannot tell what the course of this fell war will be as it spreads, remorseless, through ever wider regions.”

-Winston Churchill, addressing Allied delegates, 1941

The July 12th New Moon this year is a particularly important Solar Eclipse. What makes it so significant (more so than the average Eclipse, even) is because it is closely opposite Pluto. As many of you may know, Pluto has been hovering at or around 20 degrees Capricorn for a couple of years now. And for many of you the last couple of years have been a very difficult time, a seemingly uphill struggle against fate and circumstance. And if this transit has you in a pessimistic state of mind, it’s not going to help any knowing that Pluto will be joined there by Saturn at the end of 2019.

To you, I offer some astrological gold: hope.

“We cannot yet see how deliverance will come…”

-Churchill

The Sun, Moon and Pluto during this Eclipse are both receiving very helpful and positive aspects from transiting Jupiter and Neptune. Think about that for a second, and think about all the things that may have gone wrong with your life in the last couple of years. Jupiter and Neptune. Hope and Faith. To many of you that’ll sound like an oversimplification, and you might be right. But it’s exactly at a time like this when Hope and Faith are most needed — and that’s exactly what the sky is offering you now.

The long struggle is not over, but now and in the next few months you will probably be able to find the seeds of renewal buried in all this mess. We may not be done with the bumpy and unsettling conditions of Pluto in Capricorn yet — not by a longshot — but the first signs of a better day will be emerging.

Stay tuned, Dear Reader, and keep on keepin’ on. What you become by the end of this process is someone the whole world needs.

“This then, my lords and gentlemen, is the message which we send forth today to all states and nations, bound or free… lift up your hearts, all will come right. Out of depths of sorrow and sacrifice will be born again the glory of mankind.”

-Churchill

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