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Hiring An Astrologer, Tiberius Style

posted by Matthew Currie

beliefnet astrology matthew currie tiberiusI’ve been asked a few times recently as to how one can go about choosing a good, reputable astrologer. There is the usual advice, of course: ask others who have seen him/her, don’t be afraid to ask questions about the astrologer’s practice before you set up the appointment, and so on. And hey, if you’re interested, write me (the link is below)… I have testimonials!

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This isn’t so much a problem in places like India, where astrology is a lot more mainstream.  There’s a long history of those in power using astrologers to their benefit. There is, of course, The Reagan’s successful use of astrology. My hero, Richard Houck, worked the Washington scene to great effect — and offered a double-your-money-back guarantee. (For all you professional astrologers out there, Houck’s “The Astrology Of Death” is the greatest, most useful astrology text you’ve never read.)

The ancient Romans were big fans of astrology too. The Roman emperor Tiberius (Nov 16, 42 BC), who had a Sun-Venus conjunction in Scorpio, went with a slightly different technique when choosing court astrologer Thrasyllus:

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“Whenever he (Tiberius) sought counsel on such matters, he would make use of the top of the house and of the confidence of one freedman, quite illiterate and of great physical strength. The man always walked in front of the person whose science Tiberius had determined to test, through an unfrequented and precipitous path (for the house stood on rocks), and then, if any suspicion had arisen of imposture or of trickery, he hurled the astrologer, as he returned, into the sea beneath, that no one might live to betray the secret.

Thrasyllus accordingly was led up the same cliffs, and when he had deeply impressed his questioner by cleverly revealing his imperial destiny and future career, he was asked whether he had also thoroughly ascertained his own horoscope, and the character of that particular year and day. After surveying the positions and relative distances of the stars, he first paused, then trembled, and the longer he gazed, the more was he agitated by amazement and terror, till at last he exclaimed that a perilous and well-nigh fatal crisis impended over him.

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Tiberius then embraced him and congratulated him on foreseeing his dangers and on being quite safe. Taking what he had said as an oracle, he retained him in the number of his intimate friends.”

-Tacitus, The Annals, Book VI

This underlines two important points: first, that if astrology can foresee disasters, it follows that it can help you at least try to prevent them. And secondly, it’s been my experience that astrologers have a much tougher time making sense of their own transits than they do with anyone else’s chart (I know I do, anyway)… so even if Thrasyllus was a brilliant astrologer, he was also one lucky dude that day.

So really: given the trouble Tiberius went to in order to find a good astrologer, would it really be so risky to send me an e-mail..?

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Five Reasons Men Should Learn Astrology

posted by Matthew Currie

Dear Female Readers: Thank you for dropping by. Your readership is always appreciated, but today I want to talk to the men out there.

(Pause until all the women leave the room.)

Okay guys, listen up: We have a lot of work to do. Give me a few minutes of your time, and I’ll make it worth your while. Beer and nachos will be served afterwards.

You may have noticed by now that, for whatever reason, women are generally more “into” astrology than guys are. For many men, astrology is kind of a “chick thing.” You know, like romantic comedies or “Sex And The City” — things we men find easy, convenient or even preferable to ignore outright.

Dave, get away from the nachos. I said “afterwards.”

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The truth is, though: There really is a Battle of the Sexes going on, and by and large, men are ignoring their opponent’s strategies. No wonder we’re doing so badly at it!

Generally, it’s been my experience that men and women really are more alike than they are different…. it’s just that women use slightly different mating strategies. Women enjoy looking for subtle little hints and patterns in a man’s behavior as to whether or not he’s worth the time. And I think the reason why astrology is generally more popular with women than men is that astrology provides vital clues as to what a person is really like … not just right now, but in the long term. And let’s be honest … women are usually a little more focused on the long term than we are.

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Dave, put the nachos down. I’m not done yet.

So, I recommend you guys learn astrology for the following practical, no-nonsense reasons:

1. It will help you understand what she’s thinking when you tell her you’re a Pisces, or whatever.

2. It will help you understand her better, and what to expect when she says she’s a Gemini, or whatever.

3. It will give you a basis for conversation when you meet a woman. Having an extra one of those is always good. Your mighty tale of car repairs can only go so far.

4. It will show that you care enough about people to make the effort to understand how they really work.

Trust me guys… I know what I’m talking about. I wrote a whole book about astrology, love and seduction… and so far, women are responding well to it, and buying it.

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Finally: The most important reason of all why men should take an interest in astrology:

5. Ever notice how many women hang out in the metaphysics section at book stores?

There you have it. Good hunting, gentlemen.

And Dave … yes, now it’s nachos time.

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Discount Capricorn Humor!

posted by Matthew Currie

matthew currie astrology capricornI am still taking a little time off to recover from a combination cold/flu/Ebola and a boatload of genuinely terrible transits. I am now getting back to setting up readings again and am slowly working my way through a mountain of unanswered e-mails. In the meantime… as proof of life on my part, and as a tribute to the profound effects that Pluto in Capricorn is having on many of us (certainly myself), here’s a Capricorn joke.

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…And for you Capricorns out there, you should appreciate this: since it’s an old joke I re-wrote for you, I got a discount on it!

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An old Capricorn and his wife are at the County Fair. There’s a barn-storming pilot there with an old-school biplane, offering rides for twenty dollars. The Capricorn stands there and spends a long time looking at the plane and is clearly interested. The pilot notices this and approaches him about it.

“I’d love to,” says the Capricorn, “but $20 seems pretty expensive.”

“Tell you what,” the pilot says. “If you and your wife can keep quiet for the entire flight, it’s free. But if I hear one single noise out of you, it’s double the cost.”

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“Deal!” says the Capricorn.

The pilot gets into the plane, and Capricorn and his wife get into the back seat.

The pilot takes off. He does insane barrel rolls and dives and loops and flies through an open barn and generally flies like a maniac, upside down and all over the place, all the while listening for a sound from the back of the plane. But he hears nothing.

Finally the pilot lands and gets out of the plane. The Capricorn approaches him and the pilot says, “Well, I’ve got to hand it to you: I didn’t hear a thing. Congratulations… that ride was free.”

“Thanks,” says the Capricorn. “Of course, I almost said something when my wife fell out…”

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Bad Transits And Dark Forests

posted by Matthew Currie
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If I had my own Wikipedia entry, this would be the picture on it lately.

“Midway upon the journey of our life
I found myself within a forest dark,
For the straightforward pathway had been lost.”

-Dante Alighieri, Inferno

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Apologies in advance, but this blog entry may prove awkward for both of us. Although I draw from my personal experience often when writing this blog, it’s rare for me to talk much about my personal life. My Moon in Cancer values its emotional privacy, and the Sagittarius, Aquarius, and Gemini in my birth chart would rather distract you from my personal issues with my juggling-chainsaws-while-riding-a-unicycle act. It’s good entertainment, and I’d rather risk accidental decapitation than accidentally exposing my personal life.

But — largely for your sake Dear Reader and not my own — I’m going to go out on that limb, just this once.

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I have been undergoing an unusual set of bad transits lately. We as astrologers aren’t really supposed to say “bad” transits… we’re supposed to say they are “challenging.” I generally agree with that, except we are talking about my transits, and frankly they are bad. Horrible terrible very bad no good transits. How bad? I am just finishing my Saturn Square, and Saturn is approaching the conjunction to my natal Sun and the square to my Uranus-Pluto conjunction. Transiting Uranus is approaching the square to my Moon and Ascendant and Mars. Transiting Neptune is close to conjuncting my Saturn. And Pluto? Yeah… transiting Pluto is going to land on my Mars and oppose my Moon.

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(Excuse me for a moment while I crawl under a table and make some wounded-animal sounds.)

This whole dog-pile of badness has manifested itself in two distinct ways. First of all, there is a cold/flu/Ebola of some sort going around here, that I’ve found impossible to shake, that has made it very difficult to work. Spending two hours on the couch followed by two hours in bed every day makes it hard to work, and I can barely concentrate (which is something one needs to do when writing) or speak (which is sort of mandatory for doing readings). Also: I’m not sure if the chills, lack of appetite, and nausea I’m experiencing are due to my illness… or contemplating the huge pile of unanswered e-mails I have to deal with.

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With a regular job, I could just call in sick… or put in a minimal effort when my sick days ran out… and still pay the bills. Remember this when you’re pining for the freedom of being self-employed. Freedom, as it turns out, isn’t “free.”

Secondly… and this is something most of you don’t know… but about six months ago I extracted myself from a very difficult place in my personal life that I had been in for about two years. Yet it’s only now that I am fully experiencing the emotional effects of that two-year stretch of time. You know how a sonic boom works? If an airplane travels fast enough to outrun its own noise, the sound piles up behind it and creates a shockwave of sound much louder than an airplane normally would.

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In a sense, even though I am half a year out of that very bad place, the sonic boom of depression is hitting now.

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So now: why am I going on about this when I claim to be highly allergic to exposing my personal life? Because for all the bad I’ve been through and may be facing now… many of you are experiencing difficult times yourselves. And I want to remind you — and me — that things can and do get better.

Also: whether you’re heavily into astrology or not, in difficult times it’s easy to dwell on the darkness and forget that there’s a light on somewhere. A good example: that pile of lousy transits I’m having now I mentioned earlier? I totally skipped over the fact that transiting Uranus will be trine my Sun for the next two years, and Pluto will be trine my Uranus-Pluto and sextile my Neptune. So despite all the crap, the slowest and most powerful of these transits are more on my side than against me.

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The gist of it is this: if I can survive this and come out the other side of it better, then so can you. Those of you born in the mid 1960s and/or with prominent placements in Virgo or Pisces are facing a lot of the same things. Yes, I know how much things might stink right now. But: I’m here for you if you need me, and we’re going to get through this just fine. Honest.

Oh… and our friend Dante? He may have been lost in that Dark Forest, but (three volumes later) he ended up in Heaven with his One True Love. See? It gets better.

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