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matthew currie saturn in sagittariusThere’s just one more month of Saturn in Sagittarius to go, and many of you are taking a pounding to your placements in the late degrees of the Mutable Signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces). Saturn may be picking up speed now and it won’t hover around those degrees for long (by Saturn standards at least), but that doesn’t necessarily make this transit better. Sometimes speed just mean the effect is compressed in time. It will be over sooner, but that may not help as much as you might think. Having your foot run over by a slow car or a fast one still crushes some bones.

For those of you experiencing the end of Saturn in Sagittarius this way now: a story.

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I am fortunate to have been born and raised and spend most of my life in Canada. We don’t face the same threats from civil war and malaria and mass shootings and terrorism that many other places in the world do. But one thing we do understand? It’s hypothermia.

Imagine you were young and stupid and there was this party that you just absolutely had to get to. For one reason or another you couldn’t find the right coat, so you wore a lighter one.

You went to that party and you had a good time, but you left later than you thought and the connecting bus to get you the remaining eight blocks home is no longer running, so you’re going to have to walk the rest of the way home. You can’t find your gloves. A blizzard has blown in, and you are under the influence of three of the world’s most dangerous drugs: youth, optimism, and alcohol.

You find yourself in the blizzard walking face-first into the wind, and every wind-driven snowflake is like another needle being stuck in your exposed skin. Even the coat isn’t completely blocking it. Every time you look up to see where you are going it’s like being slapped in the face, and you can’t really see much anyway because of the blowing snow. Even though the neighborhood is familiar you are navigating as much by memory as by street lights.

You stick your hands under your shirt to keep them warm but that isn’t working either. You can actually feel the skin on your face starting to harden, if you could flick your cheek with your fingers you’d swear you would hear it go clunk… but you wouldn’t be able to feel it. And your fingers aren’t really working now anyway.

And you still have five blocks to go.

You try to move as fast as you can because you know that movement generates heat but it’s still not enough. In a moment of despairing clarity you realize the remaining blocks are actually much longer than you remembered, despite the fact that you’ve come this way a hundred times before. You can’t feel your ears anymore.

And you still have three blocks to go.

Suddenly you start to warm up. Your eyeballs feel warm inside their sockets and you feel light and drowsy and a little giddy. The blizzard hasn’t stopped but it feels like a cloud of warm tropical air has descended on you. It’s heaven, and you think that if you just go lie down in a snowbank and take a short nap you can ride this out and finish your trip home. Among other things, hypothermia makes you stupid.

You know that this is a sign that the hypothermia is really kicking in now, and if you follow through on your urge to lie down, you are going to die. If you give into that impulse someone will find you in the morning, and they will have to spend a day thawing out your corpse in order to do the autopsy.

And you still have two blocks to go.

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If you ever find yourself in this position, this is what you have to do: you have to ignore every voice and every urge within you except the most important one, the one that is going to save your sorry ass. You set aside your anger at having put yourself in this situation, you ignore the pure stupidity of having gone out unprepared and coming back too late to catch that bus. Most important of all: you ignore that urge to stop and lie down and give in to it. The only thing that is going to get you through this is to obsessively listen to the one voice inside of you that is still brave or crazy or stupid enough to say

this
is
NOT
how it ends

Stay focused on that one voice, even if it is small and weak and tired, and you keep going and you keep going and you keep going until you get home. You get that door open even though you can’t use your fingers anymore and you get inside and you spend the next 90 minutes warming up.

Maybe the next day you might need to go to the emergency room. You might lose a couple of toes. If you are as lucky as I am, you get away with only a couple of frozen fingertips that, even decades later, still turn blue and cold looking at the slightest drop in temperature.

And you live. And Spring eventually arrives. And you never forget your damned gloves again.

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Mars square Pluto is exact on Sunday, but both planets are slow enough that the square will be in effect for the next week or so. Mars and Pluto have somewhat similar goals and temperaments. Mars is all drive and ambition, and doesn’t really do sitting still or patience very well. Pluto likes drive and ambition too, but would much rather take a flamethrower to all that mess in the living room than clean up properly.

The good news is that this aspect can potentially lead to some real breakthroughs in long-standing problems. The bad news is that this potentially unstable energy might make it hard for you to tell the difference between your keys and your sledgehammer when it comes to unlocking your potential.

None of this is likely to make your relationships with other people run very smoothly. But: before you start blaming others for all the unnecessary jolts people give you in the next few days, consider the wisdom of Raylan Givens (the lead character in Justified)… and yes, I’ve cleaned up the language here for the Beliefnet audience… “If you meet a jerk in the morning, you met a jerk. If you meet jerks all day long… you’re the jerk.”

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matthew currie astrology george takeiOh George… what a mess. I honestly don’t know whether or not the recent accusation of sexual assault is true or not. Maybe I don’t even need to know whether or not it’s true. Either way this has to be a punch in the gut. The good news is that I think I have a solution for you.

I often end up telling my clients that it is not my job to tell them what to do. And then after that, I usually pause and then half-jokingly add “but if it was my job… here’s what I’d tell you.” So in that spirit, let me give you my two cents worth on your current situation. Your birth chart is currently getting a beating from transiting Saturn. You are currently experiencing the waning Saturn square, and that can be a very difficult time.

Transiting Uranus, meanwhile, is hovering close to your Sun. Not only is that going to cause a lot of unpredictable jolts to your self-image, the Sun in your birth chart is also the ruler of your 7th house. This is unlikely to be good news for your relationship. I’m not just referring to your husband here. I know it isn’t nearly as exciting to talk about in the media, but I know you are also facing some questions about your unreported commercial endorsements. You’re a hugely popular guy. You promoting something on your Facebook page or on Twitter is pure advertising gold… but (as you now know) you are supposed to announce it when that link you post is something you were paid to post.

Ouch.

I want you to understand, George: I think you are a great guy. You were an important part of my formative years on Star Trek. You still do the world great good. But if there is one thing we are all having to face lately, it’s this: sometimes good people do bad things.

You’ve always been out front and ahead of the pack when it came to such important issues as gay rights, and not letting America forget that it interned Japanese citizens during World War II.

You may be experiencing your Saturn square and transiting Uranus on your Sun now, but something magical will be happening before the end of the year. Transiting Saturn will make the exact trine to your Sun. Combined with the transit from Uranus, this gives you a rare and fairly unique opportunity to essentially reboot yourself in the eyes of the public.

So here’s what I’m suggesting: come clean. Be bold and forthright and honest with yourself and with all of us and we will love you all the more for it. I know a lot of things suck right now, but you’ve got this. Face this with the boldness and bravery we would expect from an Aries with Mars in Sagittarius like you, and with the decency and humility we know you have, what with your Moon in Virgo.

Be unafraid. Be forthright. And know that no matter what has happened, how it ends is in your hands. With the transit you’re having in December you have the chance to gain back so much of a credit you’ve lost, and perhaps even more.

I don’t know whether or not to believe what you’ve been accused of, but I do know that I believe in you, George. Don’t let yourself down, and don’t let this opportunity pass.

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matthew currie astrology jupiter in scorpio(We now go live to a press conference being held by Jupiter)

Dear people of Earth:

It is with a heavy heart that I stand before you today. I had originally hoped I would be discussing the upcoming December film releases, many of which are excellent. Unfortunately recent events in the news have forced me to address the upsetting matter of sexual harassment in the entertainment industry.

There have been numerous rumors that I am responsible for this. That is simply not true and I categorically deny it. Scorpio has an innate association with sex, that is true. I have an association with the concept of justice. That is also true. However I feel I am being unfairly blamed because I am part of a larger system. Specifically, the Solar System.

Allow me to explain. First of all, among the many things I rule is Good Times. Sex is supposed to be enjoyable. Sexual harassment is only enjoyable to the harasser, and perhaps not even then in all cases. It is a terrible violation of the victim. That sort of thing is simply not my style, thank you very much. Nonetheless, I will be seeking out spiritual guidance by forming a trine with Neptune over the course of the next three months.

Sexual harassment and sexual assault are, of course, sexual matters. Although I may be (in part) responsible for bringing all this mess to light, it is unfair to blame sexual harassment on my being in Scorpio. I am not at fault. Scorpio is not at fault. Sexual harassment and sexual assault are first and foremost terrible abuses of power. It is the result of the more powerful exploiting the less powerful. It is an affront to my sense of justice and fair play that my being in Scorpio is being blamed for the news you are hearing. This crap has been going on for a long time now — whether you wanted to notice it or not. And it’s not just in the entertainment industry and/or politics where this is happening. It’s everywhere. If you don’t think this sort of thing is happening just as much at investment companies and hardware stores and hospitals and warehouses, you haven’t paid attention to human nature.

In conclusion, sexual harassment and sexual assault are abuses of power and thus I really don’t have much to do with everything you’ve heard about it on the news lately. “Abuse of power” is a Pluto thing, and Capricorn is all about “power structures.” Thus, if you want to blame anyone for not being able to see your favorite celebrities the same way again, blame Pluto in Capricorn.

Thank you for your time, and please address any questions about this to my Law Firm.

(Update: Pluto in Capricorn has announced that it will be suing Jupiter in Scorpio. Opening arguments take place in front of Saturn in Sagittarius starting next week.)

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