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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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Astrology Of The 2016 Oscars, Part Two: Night Of A Thousand Scars

posted by Matthew Currie

beliefnet astrology matthew currie 2016 oscars(Part One, in which I discuss the Pluto Opposition of The Academy Awards, is HERE.)

By now you’ve probably heard about the big Oscar boycott this year. I’m not here to venture an opinion on that – although I believe those protesting have a point. On Twitter and elsewhere, #oscarssowhite is just going to get more popular as we approach February 28th, which is when the award ceremony happens.

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Anyone who has been a big fan of the Oscars as I have for as long as I’ve been has their complaints. Some people like to nitpick the outfits on the red carpet before hand. Others like to complain about the length of the ceremony. Me? I can’t believe we live in a universe where Martin Scorsese got passed over for Best Director for Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Casino, Bringing Out The Dead… and then wins for The Departed?

That ain’t right.

I probably won’t be making any public pronouncements about who wins which award, because frankly my bias is too strong. But a look at the birth chart for the 2016 Academy Awards ceremony itself is pretty revealing as to how the show might go. This sort of thing is what’s called mundane astrology, and as I have shown here before, it can be pretty revealing. And believe me: the birth chart for this year’s Oscars ceremony is jam-packed with excitement, and not the usual award show excitement either.

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It’s interesting to note that politics and philosophy and entertainment and glamour can all be ruled by the same two planets: Jupiter and Neptune. Both planets are particularly charged up for Oscar evening, and maybe that doesn’t come as a surprise. But the aspect those planets are receiving look like they’re indicating a less than perfectly smooth and polite evening.

Jupiter is conjunct the North Node in the local First House at the beginning of the ceremony, and is sextile Mars in Scorpio… so it seems that everyone will be in a loud and outspoken mood, and probably won’t care about the consequences. Even more telling: there is a very close Sun-Neptune conjunction in the 7th House, close to the Descendant. The Seventh in an event chart like this can represent “how we relate to others,” which in this case would be the audience. It’s also worth noting that the Sun-Neptune conjunction will be in the local Sixth House for the first couple of hours or so for the ceremonies, which could lead to an increased risk of technical glitches. And for bonus points: the Midheaven of the Oscar Ceremony is ruled by Mercury, and the Moon is approaching the exact square to that Mercury at the beginning of the ceremony.

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So, yes: as Academy Award shows go, this year’s ceremony appears to be loaded with plenty of possibilities for awkwardness and controversy.

One always has to be cautious about making predictions regarding a person or subject one has a personal emotional investment in. Predictive work is hard enough even if one is objective about the subject. This is one of the reasons you won’t be seeing any comments about politics here. I realize that if I love Candidate X and despise Candidate Y, it’s going to affect the accuracy of my interpretation. I have my opinions, and like everyone else I like to think I’m right. In fact, when it comes to predictions, it’s my job to be right… but I admit I’m human.

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Now, having said that: if George Miller doesn’t win Best Director this year, something is terribly, terribly wrong with The Universe, and I don’t care what the astrology says.

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Astrology Of The 2016 Academy Awards: Oscar’s Pluto Opposition

posted by Matthew Currie

FirstOscarCeremony1929WRIGC4The Academy Awards 2016 ceremony promises to be the usual pageant of glamour and excess and congratulations and egos, and all the things we have come to expect from it. But this year the Oscars are facing an unusual astrological challenge: its Pluto Opposition.

Opposition transits can be all kinds of stressful. The one we’re most familiar with is the Saturn Opposition (which doesn’t get as much press as the Saturn Return, but can suck nonetheless). Even the little ones, like your Sun Opposition (which happens to everyone once a year, six months after their birthday) and the Moon Opposition (which happens once a month) can be tense: they don’t portend bad news in and of themselves, but can make a difficult time even more challenging.

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We all face a Sun, Mercury and Venus opposition once a year (but that’s variable, and thanks to retrogrades you can actually have two or three Mercury or Venus Oppositions in a year). The Mars Opposition happens roughly once every 18 months, Jupiter Oppositions happen once every six years, and Saturn oppositions hit us every 14 years. And hey… live right and eat your veggies and you’ve got a decent chance to make it to your Uranus Opposition around the age of 84 or 85. Each of these transits is a reflection of the nature of that planet in your Birth Chart: for a day or so every month, you’re going to be a little more emotional than usual when your Moon Opposition hits, your energy levels and sex drive will go wobbly when the Mars Opposition hits and so on. But what the heck could a Pluto Opposition mean?

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(A few of you eagle-eyed science fans out there may be thinking “hey… if Pluto has an orbit of 248 years, how can the Oscars be having their Pluto Opposition if this is only the 88th year for them?” Good question, and here’s the answer: Pluto doesn’t have a perfectly circular orbit, and the closer a planet gets to the Sun the faster it moves. Pluto only takes about ten years to get through Scorpio, but around thirty years to go through Taurus.)

We don’t have a whole lot of hands-on experience with Pluto Oppositions because of this orbit, and the fact that it was only discovered in 1930. But based on our knowledge of both Pluto and how oppositions work, we shouldn’t be too surprised if this year represents some kind of “life and death struggle” … or at the very least, the culmination of a life and death struggle… in some sense, for the Academy Awards.

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Backing this contention are the other transits the Oscars Chart is having. It’s pretty difficult to determine a birth chart for an abstract concept like “show business,” but the Academy Awards Ceremonies in general have a very distinct “date of birth”: May 16th, 1929 in Beverly Hills, California. I haven’t been able to find an exact time of “birth” for the Awards, but a couple of hours of digging through the Internet (oh, the things I do for my Dear Readers!) reveals that the first Awards were likely presented around 9 PM, after the gala dinner. The first Oscar Awards had Sun conjunct Jupiter in Taurus, both ruled by Venus in Aries, so we shouldn’t be surprised that they had a “feed me first” approach back then.

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If we take that first Ceremony as the “birth” of the Oscars Ceremony in general, that birth chart is having some really stressful transits this year. Transiting Uranus is conjunct the natal Venus, and since Venus rules the show’s Sun and Jupiter this could be particularly disruptive and unpredictable. As of February 28th, 2016… when this year’s Ceremony will happen… transiting Saturn will be square the natal Moon in Virgo and opposed the natal Mercury in Gemini. If this was a person instead of an abstract concept, that person would likely be facing a major emotional crisis — one that this person would have a hard time thinking his/her way out of. Also, if I’m right about the “time of birth” for the Oscars, Mercury is the ruler of Oscar’s Seventh House… “partnerships” (or in the case of an awards ceremony, “the audience”). None of this spells good news for the 2016 Oscars.

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That, and in a time of increasingly fragmented movie markets, an Oscar Boycott is brewing.

NEXT TIME: The chart for the 2016 Academy Awards Ceremony. Will everything go smoothly? HINT: I wouldn’t be writing a Part Two to this article if they were, would I?

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(Not) The Astrology Of (Maybe) Planet X

posted by Matthew Currie

beliefnet astrology matthew currie planet xFacebook — where we all get our news from since the collapse of real-world society somewhere around 2010 — is abuzz with the news that our Solar System is probably home to an undiscovered planet roughly the size of Neptune. As a long time fan of astronomy, I am both delighted and unmoved by this news story, but as an astrologer I am actively annoyed… not by the planet, but by the reaction of many astrologers and astrology enthusiasts I’ve seen out there.

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First, I’ll tell you why I’m not convinced by the science (yet), and then I’ll get on with the business of alienating many of the fine people in my line of work. Sorry folks, love and light and all that, but y’all gotta calm down.

There have been many searches for a Ninth Planet in our Solar System (or a Tenth Planet, before Pluto was demoted — but you all know in your hearts Pluto is a planet). Once every few years someone sits down and does some hard math and comes to the conclusion that the orbits of the planets (or other bodies) can’t be completely explained by the mass of the known planets, therefore there must be another one out there, far in the Cheap Seats of our Solar System. This method has worked before: studying the orbit of Uranus lead to the discovery of Neptune, and studies of Neptune’s orbit lead to the discovery of Pluto. Ironically, that was essentially a miscalculation — a mistake in the calculations lead to the belief that something much more massive was out there.

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The “big news” of the “discovery” of Planet X is one of those things that resurfaces every few years: someone releases a paper indicating there may be something like that out there, and then a month or two later someone else crunches the numbers or makes other observations and Planet X goes back to non-existence. Even though the evidence looks good this time, it has looked good previously and nothing came of it. I’m going to play the odds and wait for more data, and so should you.

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Now, what does all this have to do with astrology? Nothing really… except that an awful lot of astrologers I know are already speculating about what “Planet X” “rules.” Okay, first of all, I’ve given you my Grumpy Old Man rant about why I don’t use asteroids and other such bits of cosmic gravel in my readings previously. Here it is: click and have a look. 

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To all my dear friends and colleagues I say, from the bottom of my heart and with nothing but Pure Love for all of you: cut that crap out right now.

I say this for two reasons. First of all, there are all my objection to fetishizing asteroids that I wrote about in my previous entry on the matter. But beyond that, there’s one reason specific to this Planet X that also applies: the planet in question (if it exists at all) only goes around the Sun something like once every 10 to 20 thousand years. Imagine for a moment that Planet X is real, and that it is now somewhere around 15 degrees Taurus. This means that you have more or less exactly the same Planet X placement as your parents, and your grandparents, and their grandparents, and theirs, and Abraham Lincoln. You might have to go back past Julius Caesar to find someone who didn’t have Planet X in Taurus.

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This doesn’t mean that a mostly-immobile point has no use in a birth chart. The Fixed Stars, as they are called, are incredibly useful and informative… but still aren’t nearly as useful as the actual planets to an astrological interpretation. They are the garnish that can pull a dish together, but no one in their right mind would serve a dish made primarily of parsley.

So come on, Astro-People… enough of the wild speculation. We still have Saturn to deal with.

(This has been an installment in the “Cranky Astrologer” Series. Installments will be presented as annoyances arise.)

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