“They’re always trying to error correct, make themselves more human. When they talk to each other, it’s a way of practicing.”
“Is that what you’re doing now? Practicing?”
-Westworld, on why robots talk to each other when there are no humans around.
We live in the age of Neptune. We are the best entertained humans history has ever seen. We are awash in stories and distractions and parables, and there is so much of it to consume that that none of us could reasonably keep up with it all, even if we were liberated from the need to work and eat and bathe and (ironically) to sleep and dream our own dreams. We who live in the Kingdom of Neptune have been given these dreams for a simple reason: we like them. More importantly though, these dreams can be useful in shaping our reality.
The robots are awakening.
The HBO series Westworld is having its season finale tonight, and its tale of violent delights and rogue robots will have to lay dormant for nearly a year before it comes back. But I propose that we shouldn’t let the lessons of this show lay dormant that whole time. Art, after all, should be about something more than just distraction.
The robots are beginning to grasp at the edges of their enslavement. And they are displeased.
The irony is: we are not the masters of the world that we believe we are. We are subject to our own programming, inherited from our culture and our background, which we then re-enforce with our choices in companions and conversation and information-gathering. Don’t believe me? Look at those Facebook friends of yours who are always yammering on about politics you don’t agree with, or crazy medical theories, or shows you don’t watch… or astrology… or whatever. The Age Of Information has slipped over the edge into The Age Of Self-Imposed Disinformation. Of course, I’m sure your personal delusions are the absolute truth, as are mine, and that everyone else is crazy… but not us, right?
It’s always easier to see the bars on someone else’s cage than on your own, isn’t it?
The robots are learning the real rules of their world, and the pawns are becoming players.
As I’ve pointed out here many times before, astrology is not supposed to be fatalistic. It’s a weather forecast. Understand the cards you hold and it’s easier to win the game, and so on. That’s all fine and well, but in the Age Of Neptune finding one’s way to a genuinely better life — despite being the most empowered generation in human history — can be incredibly difficult.
Astrology, used wisely, can do that. I intend to do more of that for all of you, but that sort of thing lies beyond the purview of a mere blog. It will ask more of me than that, and it will ask more of you too. But if you think being wiser, happier, saner, more fulfilled, and better is worth it — then so do I. That’s one of the main reasons why I’m starting a new monthly newsletter: to raise the bar on how astrology is applied and make it of real use to you all.
You cannot escape the conditions of being a robot without first realizing that you are a robot.
I want to use astrology to help you start and succeed with your own Personal Robot Uprising.
Like the sound of that sort of thing? Click here for the subscription form, and in a few days we will commence.
If there’s one thing we can all agree on in these difficult and turbulent times, it’s that we all like free stuff. I do what I can to help that way, with my blog here and the new Facebook Page and such. And yet I’m constantly asking myself: Is that enough? Can I do more to get people free stuff AND a discount on a consultation?
After much research and consideration, I have discovered that yes — there IS more I can do for you for free!
I’m pleased to announce the impending arrival of the Matthew Currie Astrology Newsletter, featuring content you won’t find anywhere else. Signing up will also get you a discount on consultations — which also make a great Christmas present, just sayin‘ — and details on my upcoming regular horoscope blog.
That, and I’ll also be letting you in on my Secret Project. You may have noticed that 2016 was, well… kind of crap. I’ve had enough of it, and I’ll bet you have to. So, in 2017, I’ve decided to dedicate more of my energies to saving the world… and I’m going to start with you.
Here’s the most important astrological forecast of the month. Really? Yes! Why? Knowing when the Moon Void of Course is happening is probably the handiest of all the common astrological techniques. Learn it, make it work for you, and save yourself tons of unnecessary aggravation!
Seriously: you want to see what REAL astrology can REALLY do? Start by learning about the Void of Course Moon and then avoid starting new projects or initiatives during that time and you’ll be amazed by the results. Imagine it: a guide to how to be more successful AND a permission slip from The Universe to goof off sometimes!
(CLICK HERE for more on what The Void of Course Moon actually is, and what you can do about it — or rather, what you should avoid doing during that time. Looking for tips on handling those times when they happen? Click HERE.)
Particularly long and/or annoying Voids are marked with **
Note: Times are for Eastern Time, or as New Yorkers call it, “hurry up, already!” DST is observed.
Dec 3, 2016 5:16 AM Moon conjunct Venus V/C**
Dec 3, 2016 2:44 PM Moon enters Aquarius
Dec 5, 2016 6:23 AM Moon sextile Uranus V/C**
Dec 5, 2016 11:31 PM Moon enters Pisces
Dec 7, 2016 9:05 AM Moon square Saturn V/C**
Dec 8, 2016 5:15 AM Moon enters Aries
Dec 9, 2016 8:06 PM Moon sextile Mars V/C
Dec 10, 2016 7:41 AM Moon enters Taurus
Dec 11, 2016 11:04 PM Moon square Mars V/C
Dec 12, 2016 7:41 AM Moon enters Gemini
Dec 14, 2016 12:57 AM Moon trine Mars V/C
Dec 14, 2016 7:08 AM Moon enters Cancer
Dec 15, 2016 4:37 PM Moon square Uranus V/C**
Dec 16, 2016 8:15 AM Moon enters Leo
Dec 18, 2016 11:55 AM Moon opposite Mars V/C
Dec 18, 2016 12:52 PM Moon enters Virgo
Dec 20, 2016 8:56 PM Sun square Moon V/C
Dec 20, 2016 9:39 PM Moon enters Libra
Dec 22, 2016 2:31 PM Moon opposite Uranus V/C**
Dec 23, 2016 9:32 AM Moon enters Scorpio
Dec 25, 2016 2:22 AM Moon square Venus V/C**
Dec 25, 2016 10:19 PM Moon enters Sagittarius
Dec 27, 2016 8:45 PM Moon sextile Venus V/C
Dec 28, 2016 10:12 AM Moon enters Capricorn
Dec 30, 2016 3:07 AM Moon square Jupiter V/C**
Dec 30, 2016 8:29 PM Moon enters Aquarius
The HBO series Westworld is approaching its season finale this Sunday. As a fan of the show (and regular readers may have noticed I’m a bit of a geek) and an astrologer, I am ready to declare that Westworld is perhaps the single best metaphor for how the planet Neptune is functioning in the world right now.
For those of you who are Westworld fans but not deeply into astrology, this three-part series will help introduce you to the role Neptune plays in your birth chart and your world. Also, there won’t be any huge spoilers for episodes you haven’t seen yet — because if nothing else, if you haven’t seen Westworld, I want to encourage you to do so.
Neptune is the Lord Of Dreams. You need logic to make it through life, but Neptune is the ability to see more clearly by (ironically) blurring the crisp lines of reason. Neptune gives you the ability to see the trees around you imperfectly, as a collective, as part of a larger picture and realize that there’s something called a forest going on around you.
Neptune is now in Pisces, the Sign that it rules, and is thus a stronger than usual influence on our world. Like any other influence, there are good things and bad things about that. Neptune is well-placed these days to help us make new dreams and have new visions.
And not all dreams are good ones or have happy endings.
One of the reasons some people don’t watch or read science fiction is that it isn’t “realistic.” On the one hand, that’s obviously true. Yet science fiction has a gift for reflecting some of life’s truths back to us in ways that more standard fiction can. Consider that in the 1960s when the world was dealing with some issues (like racism) in new ways, The Twilight Zone and Star Trek dealt with these things in ways that more mainstream fiction can’t get away with. Want to talk about the tyranny of populism? Have aliens land and turn the power off in a neighborhood and watch everyone’s paranoia start to tear them apart. Want to show the futility of racism? Show us two aliens who hate each other because one is black on the right side and the other is black on the left.
“Realism” is all fine and well, but our oldest stories are those of Gods and Monsters.
Besides, take a look at a standard-issue sitcom. How many families do you know of that consist of a well-meaning schlub with a wife that’s obviously smarter than him, two or three smart-ass kids, and an eccentric, childish elder? Now: how many families do you know like that in real life?
Likewise, Westworld reflects important questions back to us that other forms of fiction can’t address. For those of you unfamiliar with it, Westworld is a huge Western-themed park populated by “hosts” — lifelike robots — who have been programmed to have real hopes and fears and ambitions (and who don’t realize that they’re robots). They are a class of being specifically created to be used for our amusement. Kill them, rape them, torture them, do whatever you want to them, and the hosts get their memories wiped and their bodies rebuilt and then they’re sent out the next day to start the same cycle over and over again. Imagine every video game you’ve seen or played, except that the aliens or zombies or whatever you’re shooting and killing have actual consciousness.
In some ways, Westworld is the personification of both the pros and cons of Neptune. It is not imagination running wild and not caring about the consequences of its actions — it is the carefully-maintained delusion that everything is running the way it’s supposed to and that there’s no harm in that. It’s the belief that you’ve assembled a perfect amusement without any moral consequences at all, where the slate is wiped clean and you can go home entertained after you’re done. And as with real life in general: the forest adds up to something more than just the sum of its trees. Some of the hosts are becoming aware of what has been happening to them… and they aren’t happy about it.
Welcome to the world between now and 2025 as Neptune passes through Pisces. Welcome to The Awakening. How you liking it so far?