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The Day Of Chiron

posted by Matthew Currie

Every day, intentionally or unintentionally, people all over the world inflict pain on themselves or others, often either with the best of intentions or from simply not understanding the harm they are doing. I’m talking about the kind of pain which is the sort of thing that — if it is not addressed — can sink down into the core of your being and become a part of you like an untreated tumor. It may not be growing now, it may not be causing you any pain at this exact moment, but it’s there. Lie awake at night and relax and sometimes you can feel it sitting there like it’s waiting for something; for a trigger or for a feeding or just for an excuse to hatch out and raise hell with your mind and your heart.

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This brings me to the role of Chiron in astrology.

I admit it: I haven’t written much about Chiron. Astronomically, no one is quite sure if it is an asteroid or a comet. Who knows? Astronomically, it hasn’t gotten that much attention. But for all the myriad bits of transiting gravel out there, Chiron has gotten more than its fair share of attention from astrologers. Part of the reason I rarely use it is a bit of a prejudice on my part: most of the descriptions you see about the role Chiron plays are all sort of hand-wavy and like to talk about “unhealed wounds” and “holistic processes” and other things that sound great but ultimately tend to break down under careful analysis. I like to take as practical and observable approach to my astrology my client as possible, and Chiron is often tough to approach that way.

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Still, it seems that Chiron is not going away, so perhaps it’s time I said something in praise of it, and in recognition of the role it seems to perform.

Chiron is not an easy subject to face. It represents all the deep-down hurts that take a lot of work and / or counseling and / or pain to confront. And who want that, am I right?

Nonetheless, after last night’s wild Full Moon in Pisces, maybe today would be a good day to pause and reflect on who or what in our lives need forgiveness. And this is perhaps not unrelated to the fact that I have reached an age where I’m about to experience my Chiron Return. But whatever age you are at, and whatever day you read this on, I believe the message is still valid, and still for you, personally.

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So as the Moon continues through Pisces today and conjuncts Chiron, let’s take a moment today to forgive someone.

Forgive your parents. Forgive your children. Forgive your boss. Forgive that guy on Facebook who is always coming up with those annoying ignorant opinions you hate. Forgive the neighbor’s dog for barking all night. Forgive the person who did that horrible thing that you saw that you can never unsee again. Forgive that person who ran over your foot.

Forgive Kanye West for being an insufferable egomaniac. Forgive everyone involved with Ashley Madison, and the hackers who leaked that site’s data.

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Forgive the abuser who took out their own issues and insecurities on you when you were in no position to fight back, and who still loudly blames you for it all.

Forgive yourself.

Forgive, forgive, forgive. Vow to be a better person and then follow through on that vow. You’d be amazed at the heavy lifting you can do, once those muscles you’ve used to suppress your Chiron are put to a better use.

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The Astrology Of Ashley Madison

posted by Matthew Currie

beliefnet matthew currie astrology ashley madisonWarning: this is a story with absolutely no good guys.

By now you have probably heard about the gigantic leak of data from ashleymadison.com released by hackers. If not, here is a brief synopsis.

Ashleymadison.com is a website designed for married people (mostly men) to find a fling on the side. Yes, that’s unethical. Furthermore: men (well people, but the vast majority of them were men) could only have their profiles and data completely deleted from the system if they paid an additional charge. Yes, that’s unethical. A group of anonymous hackers calling themselves The Impact Team called Ashleymadison.com on this nonsense, and acquired the personal information of the site’s clients to the public after the site refused to shut down. Yes, that’s unethical. The site didn’t play along, and so now we have a gigantic data dump of personal information of nearly 37 million users… only 5.5 million of whom were women. Also: upon analysis of the leaked data, it turns out that most of those women’s profiles were likely fakes anyway, generated by the company itself to draw more men in. Yes. That’s unethical.

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Regardless of how you feel about any of these things… although pretty much everyone agrees that it’s somewhere between “mostly terrible” and “entirely terrible”… the astrological transits tell an interesting story when it comes to what crushed ashleymadison.com virtually overnight. Regardless of how you feel about anyone’s aspect in this situation, this dramatic happening to an organisation is going to be backed by some astrology. The rain falls on the just and the unjust alike, and when it does there are always transits to explain it.

I’ve written about mundane astrology before, on subjects like Bitcoin and Godzilla, and have shown how companies and concepts have birth charts and transits that affect them just as much as human beings. Determining the birth chart for something like ashleymadison.com, which started as an abstract concept, then became a company, then was sold to another company, can be difficult. But all sources agree on one date: the date that Avid Life Media of Toronto Ontario acquired the site: August 1st, 2007. At the very least, these recent events are clear reflection of how Avid Life Media operated ashleymadison.com, and the transits to that birth chart are striking and unmistakable.

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Going by the birth chart, ashleymadison.com we see Moon conjunct Uranus in Pisces. One could make a case for this indicating a combination of romantic drama plus electronically fueled delusion, but it is not my purpose here to comment on the site’s personality. I want to show you how, in very clear terms, the planets brought ashleymadison.com down.

Specifically, the Ashley Madison chart is currently undergoing its Saturn Square. Ashley Madison was “born” with Saturn just short of 26 degrees Leo. In the early morning hours of July 12, 2015 when the hack occurred, Venus and Jupiter were both closely conjunct that Saturn, and transiting Saturn was at 28 Scorpio, close to the exact square. That Saturn transit is still in orb… and as the days go one more revelations surface about the site, some well-known people using it (notable former paragon of virtue Josh Duggar), and of course the threat of lawsuits aplenty loom large ahead.

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Say what you will about Saturn transits, but sometimes they tear away the structures you no longer need in your life… and sometimes they are a thick slice of karma wrapped around a brick and thrown into your life. If Ashley Madison were a person instead of a web site, it would not have been my job to judge “her” life or actions… that would be unethical… but the writing was clearly on the wall to clean up “her” act somehow.

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Saturn In Sagittarius: Don’t Be Afraid Of Your Freedom!

posted by Matthew Currie

So: what will happen to you when Saturn re-enters Sagittarius on September 17th and stays there until December 2017?

Astrologers have an understandable tendency to generalize when it comes to the nature of a given planet in a given Sign. That’s understandable, because generalizations are a useful way to grasp complex ideas, even if generalizations are inherently less helpful when looking at individual cases. Saturn rules limitations and obstacles, and Scorpio is associated with sex and revenge. See how simple that is? But wait: before you start calling yourself an astrologer based on that simple an approach, you should probably stop and notice that in the last couple of years while Saturn was in Scorpio, not everyone caught an STD and/or assassinated their enemies. Likewise, just because Sagittarius rules travel and an interest in religion and/or philosophy doesn’t mean every train and airplane on Earth will crash into a church or a library in the next couple of years.

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Whatever the Sign a planet is in, its greatest effect on you personally will depend on the House of your Birth Chart it is in, and the aspect it makes to your natal placements.  That always comes first and foremost above any pre-packaged, keyword-based “Planet A + Sign B = Result C” interpretation.

If you are fortunate enough to have been alive the last time Saturn passed through Sagittarius from November 1985 to February 1988 (with a bonus round in June-November 1988 thanks to a retrograde), then you’ve already experienced the effects of Saturn in Sagittarius… and (if you remember that as a difficult time in your life) you’ll be pleased to know that, generally speaking, Saturn transits are easier to deal with the second time around.

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If you haven’t experienced Saturn in Sagittarius as an adult before (I don’t mean to discount the experience of toddlers, but odds are good your spouse didn’t leave you or you didn’t get fired when you were three years old, and a child’s conception of “good news” or “bad news” is usually a lot different than that of an adult), there are Saturn transits we know you will have regardless of when your birthday is in while Saturn is in Sagittarius based on your age group. I’ll be going into more detail about those in my next blog entry.

Mostly though, Sagittarius is known for its optimism and (as a result) a certain resilience. What’s less well known is that although Saturn is a real drag when it’s hitting you hard… it can also be a liberator. Saturn can wash you clean of your delusions and dysfunction and scrape the barnacles off of what you think your life is really about better than any other planet. All the logic of Mercury, the heartfelt pitches of The Moon, and all the prayers and affirmations of Neptune? Sometimes they won’t do you half as much good as the efficient jack-hammering you’ll get from a Saturn transit.

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So: don’t be afraid of Saturn. And don’t be afraid of your freedom.

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Is Astrology Hopeless?

posted by Matthew Currie

I speak to a lot of clients who are in the middle of a crisis, and that is to be expected. I’m at least as much a counselor as a “fortune teller” (ugh, how I hate that term!), and just as a doctor tends to see more people who are ill than healthy specimens, it’s understandable that I deal a lot with people who feel they have their backs against the wall, one way or another.

I initially trained to be a counselor. If you’ve even gone down that particular road with your problems, you know that it can help… but it can also take a long time with absolutely no guarantees. I became an astrologer in part because — although there are no absolute guarantees in life that I can give you any more than anyone else can — astrology can really cut through the nonsense.

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Yeah, skeptics, I said it: astrology can really cut through the nonsense.

Astrology gives us a language by which we can understand ourselves and others, and can see the forces that have shaped us and the forces yet to come. There is always a comfort in knowing what kinds of things to expect, even if sometimes that means “more of the same” or possibly “it’s going to get worse.” Knowledge is power, after all, and what power on Earth is greater than (literally or figuratively) a weather forecast.

But: is there Hope in Astrology? Or is Astrology essentially… hopeless?

First of all: we are all subject to the forces around us. You can’t talk your way out of an earthquake. But we all have some degree of agency: the ability to choose how we deal with things. There’s some hope in knowing that, isn’t there?

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It would be unethical of me, or of any professional adviser, to offer false hope. But the truth is: if a doctor tells you “that tumor is probably benign” or a lawyer tells you “I don’t think this guy suing you has a case,” they aren’t actually “giving you hope.” They are simply telling you the truth, and you can choose to be hopeful or not.

So: is there hope in getting a reading from an astrologer who knows what he or she is doing? Sure, just as much as getting a consultation from any expert. Ideally, what you will find is a useful truth upon which you can place your hope with some degree of confidence.

If you are on a cruise chip that is sinking, you can always hope for rescue… which is more than likely to come eventually. But I would politely suggest that clinging to the grand piano in the ballroom… even if you are hopeful that will help… isn’t likely to help you stay afloat.

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When I do a reading for someone, I can see where and how life’s patterns emerge, when you would have started seeing their effects, and when those patterns will end and when new ones will begin. That alone can be of tremendous benefit in any situation you may be facing.

And, worst case scenario? I’m also pretty good at spotting where the lifeboats are, and how you can get to them.

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