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If I Was Your Astrologer, Bill Cosby…

posted by Matthew Currie

As an astrologer, it’s my primary duty to look at a client’s transits and then provide him or her with my forecast. What my clients do with that information is entirely up to them. No blame, no judgement, just the facts.

However every once in a while when I have a client who is heavily besieged by some truly major issues, my job sometimes becomes more like that of a cosmic defense attorney. If things look bad for you now, let’s see what the prosecution has on you, let’s see what you can potentially do about it, and if you want I will help you figure out whether to go to trial or plead to a reduced crime… so to speak.

Case in point: a recent imaginary telephone conversation I had with my theoretical client, Bill Cosby (sorry I was only able to record my end of it).

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Hi Bill! We haven’t spoken in some time.

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Yes I know you’ve been busy. And like everyone else on the planet I know what you been busy with. So I decided to look at your transit and —

(!!!)

Yes Bill I know. It’s my job to advise you, not to condemn you. I’m sure you’re absolutely right. I’m sure there’s a perfectly good reason so many women are coming forward and saying that you —

(!!!)

Okay, okay, Jeez. That’s not even what I was going to say, but: I’m sure there’s a perfectly good reason why these women are coming forward and accusing you of things when all you did was have perfectly consensual physical relations with them while they were under the influence of tranquilizers you had administered to them.

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(???)

No, I’m not forgetting all the good you’ve done the world and —

(???!!!)

Yes I remember how everyone loved your show in the Eighties. Although in hindsight, that one episode with the aphrodisiac barbecue sauce you served everyone is a little suspect. Anyway —

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Bill, I’m not accusing you of anything. There’s already plenty of other people doing that. But I’ve had a look at your transit and I have some very serious professional advice for you. As you may know, the big news astrological you in the last couple of years has bean the Uranus Pluto square. That’s particularly significant in your case because for the last two or three years it has been doing some very serious and difficult things to your Midheaven. And as you recall, the Midheaven rule things like your career… and your public image.

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(…)

Yes. I heard about that new series of yours that won’t be developed. and I heard about the universities dropping you. But what’s maybe more important for you to consider at this point in your life is that the Midheaven is how you make your mark in life. It’s what you’ll be remembered for.

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Just listen Bill. Here’s the story with what’s happening to you astrologically. Uranus has been square your Midheaven and Pluto has been conjunct it for the last 2 years. Furthermore Uranus has been square your Sun in Cancer and Pluto has been opposite that for about the same length of time. Your ego has been steamrolled and your career is blown.

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Neptune has been doing a real number on you too. For the last couple of years it’s been square your Venus and approaching the opposition to your Moon. That alone has to add up to a huge emotional crisis for you. And that opposition to your Moon is just going to get closer in the next two years.

(…)

But here’s the really bad news: you are not anywhere near of the woods yet. In fact the transit will be getting worse over the next few months. I often tell my clients that it is not my job to tell them what to do. And then I go ahead and say “if it was my job this is what I would do…”

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(…)

Yes. I know. That is a shameless trick of mine. But I think it’s better than actually telling people what to do. Now let me tell you what I think you should do about all this.

Be mindful of this one thing: it is better to be honest and cling to the hope of being forgiven then to know you will die not being forgiven. This is true whether you are a misunderstood saint or an undiagnosed demon or anything in between. Because if you aren’t honest and open about it, the best you can hope for is to die forgotten, rather than forgiven.

Is that really what you want for yourself?

Bill… you still there? Bill…?

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The Astrology Of Sun Sign (Sort Of) Compatibility

posted by Matthew Currie

A survey released in Australia recently reveals some surprising reasons why long-term couples break up. Okay, some of those reasons aren’t so surprising: physical violence being the biggest single indicator that it’s not going to work. But many relationships that survive for a while eventually break down (or hold up) in the long run because of a collection of minor differences: different health habits, different senses of adventure, and so on.

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Blink-182 knew this years ago.

In astrological terms, this phenomenon should theoretically boil down to the individual factors in each person’s birth chart. But I think I’m seeing a larger picture here, and it (unintentionally) speaks to that double-edged sword of modern astrology: Sun Signs.

It seems that almost everyone gets their first exposure to astrology through Sun Signs. That’s perfectly understandable: our calendar is based on Earth’s 365.25 day trip around the Sun, so it’s easy enough to look up your birth date and find out where the Sun was that day. It’s not so easy to figure out what your Moon Sign or your Mercury Sign is, or whatever.

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Although Sun Signs and Sun Sign compatibility are the usual gateway drugs to astrology, you will hear many astrologers complain about it, and sometimes rightly so. It doesn’t take too long examining how astrology works to see that it’s a lot more complicated than that. There are saints and sinners of all kinds born under each sign. But as I often point out, the Sun in your birth chart represents your Ego. You need an ego to be in a relationship, but at the same time you need to be able to dial it down when it counts for the sake of the relationship.

Please don’t misunderstand what I am saying here. You do not have to be less than yourself to be in a relationship. Ideally being in a relationship will make you more of yourself. But it seems that as time goes on and the initial hormonal buzz of a fresh relationship mellows out, and once you’ve passed all the major tests,  it’s the things related to the ego that are most likely to get in the way of a successful relationship.

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According to the usual Sun Sign astrology, Aries goes well with Leo but not with Cancer, and so on. These general observations based on Sun Sign are usually fairly accurate… and yet if you look at the actual statistics of couples who marry, there is absolutely no correlation between incompatible and compatible Sun Signs in actual married couples. Why is that?

The main answer is that astrology is a lot more complex than that. If you are with a partner whose Sun Sign is technically incompatible with yours, there is still plenty of chance that all the other important placements in your chart works efficiently well together but the relationship can be a success. Likewise, you can be in a relationship with someone who has a compatible Sun with yours, but if your Moons and Venuses and Marsii and Jupiteria and Saturnsees (Are those the proper plurals for those names? No, but I’m having fun with it. Don’t interrupt.) and all aren’t playing along, it’s going to be difficult at best.

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Ultimately, if your ego drives behaviors that your mate can’t stand, you have a choice as to whether to tone it down or not. Sometimes you’ll be right to stand your ground, and sometimes you won’t do it just to be a jerk. And as so often happens, the ego will end up fighting lots of little proxy wars, the way the United States and the Soviet Union used to poke each other via Vietnam and Afghanistan and Central America rather than actually go to war directly with each other. You don’t like me to hang out with you when you’re with your friends? Fine. I’ll smoke this cigar in the bathroom. With the windows shut. That sort of thing.

So: it seems to me that although the Sun Signs are rarely where a relationship starts, sometimes the individual Suns involved are the downfall of a relationship. Ultimately an unwillingness to give ground on some things can lead to a larger failure.

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One piece of evidence in support of this idea? In long-term relationships where people live together versus long term relationships where people are actually married, the unmarried couples have a greater break up rate. Of course plenty of long-term unmarried relationships work out just fine (and if you are not a fan of traditional notions of committed monogamy, don’t get all up in my grill because you think I’m arguing with you).

But consider this: if you are willing to sacrifice your ego… sometimes… then it stands to reason that the relationship has a better chance of surviving, all else being equal.

So yes: if you want to be in a relationship and make it work, you have to bring your best self to the table… and sometimes you’ve got to know when to take one for the team.

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Astrology: Where Is The Love In My Birth Chart?

posted by Matthew Currie

I’m starting to teach an online astrology course about love and attraction during this current Venus Retrograde, and what factors in the birth chart can enhance that. I already had the whole course outlined out in my head a while ago, and yet as I was just about to sit down and commence, I realized that the most important question from all needed to be asked: what is Love?

I believe this demonstrates that love, even from a theoretical angle, can be full of surprises.

I think that part of the reason so many poets in the English language have been so gainfully employed writing about love is that we ourselves haven’t defined it properly. The ancient Greek language had no less than four words for different varieties of love, and I don’t believe this is because of the same reason the Inuit allegedly have 50 different words for different kinds of snow. I don’t know that the ancient Greeks were any better or worse of the relationship than we are.

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So I think that anyone embarking on the study of love and astrology, whether through an online course or some other means, should really sit down and asked that first question first. What are we talking about anyway? What is Love?

One useful way to break it down might be looking at the ancient Greek vocabulary for love. Each of these words translate into love in English, but they are obviously very different things.

Agápe: This has been described variously as “brotherly love” or “how God loves us” or “how we are supposed to love God.” Astrologically, this sounds to me like a Jupiter kind of love — one born part of feelings and one of philosophy.

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Éros: This is the more traditional sexual love. I’d look at Mars for this sort of thing in a birth chart. But as forms of “love” go, this one can at times be, um, not so loving, really (*cough* Bill Cosby *cough*).

Philia: This is more sort of a friendship kind of love, like you feel for your buddies and your famility and such. If I had to pin this on one planet in the birth chart, I’d probably go with The Moon.

Storge: This is a sort of parental/empathetic love. Moon, maybe? Sun? Rulers of the 4th and 10th Houses?

You’ll notice that all the fancy talk about Ancient Greek hasn’t clarified my initial question all that clearly: what is love? When it comes to my practice as a counseling astrologer, a lot of people are concerned about the state of their love life, or how they can find love. But obviously we need to clarify things.

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Or put another way – and if I may quote the wisdom of another completely different language – the Klingon language has no word for “hello.” Traditionally Klingons greet each other with nuqneH… Which means “what do you want?”

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It’s pronounced like it’s spelled!

So by all means: if you need some help with the state of your love life, whatever it may be, contact me. But be prepared to answer the first and most important of all questions: what do you want?

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My answer, personally? It boils down to something like this. Yours may be different.

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Whatever your answer might be… may we all find it in time.

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How To Handle Venus Retrograde: Selah

posted by Matthew Currie

beliefnet astrology matthew currie venus retrograde“Hath God forgotten to be gracious? Hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah.”
-Psalm 77:9

Venus turns retrograde this Saturday. If you are familiar with the concept of Mercury retrograde, you know that it often a time when communications and agreements and short trips can go screwy for no good reason. But what happens when the planet that most represents the concept of love goes retrograde? Will our relationships go horribly wrong? Will our attempt to find love in the first place be doomed to failure? Why is my ex drunk-dialing me so much?

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Not so fast there. There is hope.

First of all, I think it’s important to note that a further a planet is from the Sun, the longer its retrograde periods last. Pluto goes retrograde for months and months at a time without too much obvious effect. And I personally think that the further a planet is from the Sun, the less hazardous its retrograde periods are.

Nevertheless, traditionally astrologers would tell you that it’s a bad idea to get married or start a new relationship during a Venus retrograde, and that existing relationships are more likely to screw up. It would probably be more accurate and useful to say that during Venus retrograde, one should study and contemplate on these matters before one takes action. Yes, I believe a person can get married during Venus retrograde… but the other transits should probably be really good. Yes, one can start a new relationship during Venus retrograde, but you might want to put a little thought and caution into the matter before you hand over your heart or the key to your place.

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There is a word that appears over 70 times in the Bible that has no confirmed exact translation: selah. It’s used mostly in Psalms, and may very well be some sort of musical notation. There is another interpretation of the word that I prefer. It is “pause and consider.”

When it comes to matters of the heart, I believe Venus Retrogrades are the ideal time to try to understand love and affection — what makes it work and where it breaks down. Selah.

That’s why I am teaching an online course about the astrology of love and compatibility starting this Saturday, when Venus goes retrograde (want details on how to join? Write me for details!) It is the ideal time to sit back and be mindful and pay attention to these things.

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So: just like you shouldn’t automatically assume your emails will mess up during Mercury retrograde, you shouldn’t worry too much about the state of your love life when Venus is going backwards. But: be mindful of where and how and who you love, or would like to, or of the love you want but haven’t found yet.

Selah.

An astrological forecast isn’t just a diktat from the heavens as to how your life has to be. It’s a weather report, and if you understand it you can use it to your best advantage. And when Venus is retrograde, if you are paying attention, it can do your love life much more good than any other time when Venus is traveling along normally. The choice is yours.

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Selah.

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