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Ask An Astrologer: Venus Square Saturn

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MW writes: “I’ve been reading a lot about the Venus-Saturn square aspect in my birth chart. It sounds like my love life is doomed, and that I will always fail in relationships or attract ‘bad love’ to myself. Can you explain that, and is it true?”

Any aspect in a birth chart can potentially manifest in either a “good” or “bad” way. The “good” aspects like trines and sextiles can make you lazy with your gifts, and squares can provide drive and ambition and energy. A Venus-Saturn aspect can be a real challenge though: although it can give you the will and determination to see a relationship through when things get difficult, it is most often associated with feelings of loneliness, inadequacy, or rejection.

Why any aspect manifests the way it does though is often more of a philosophical question than a practical one. Are you always yelling at the neighbors because they play their music too loud… or are the neighbors always playing their music too loud because you’re always yelling at them? Does “always” even really apply if you look at it more objectively?

Are you feeling rejected by a loved one because they are rejecting you, or are you shutting them out unconsciously, as a sort of preemptive first strike against rejection? Are you just fighting an unwinnable war out of stubbornness? Or is it some combination of those things? A Venus-Saturn square, whether it’s in the birth chart (which some of you have) or by transit (which we all experience at times) demands that we ask ourselves these things.

Rather than explain all the possible manifestations of Venus square Saturn, maybe I should illustrate with a true story from Nature. Specifically, a story about the rats in my back alley.

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Wherever you may live in the world, there are always going to be pros and cons. If you move to Paris, you’ll probably have to deal with snooty waiters. If you relocate to Moscow, you’ll probably have to bribe someone to get things done. I now live in New York, and I get to see a lot of rats. Earlier today I was out in my back alley and I had the opportunity to observe the struggle of a young rat attempting to climb into the neighbor’s garbage can. Normally I love observing animals (especially the young ones) in their natural environments. Rats, though? I have a bit of a problem with them. Nonetheless, my natural tendency to enjoy watching animals at work won out.

The half-grown rat in question spent several minutes trying to climb up a bush in order to drop into the neighbor’s trash, which I assume was smelling particularly good today (that’s another thing about New York… it may be “the greatest city on earth,” but no one ever called that because of its cleanliness). Every time our youthful rodent protagonist got high enough on the bush to be able to vault into the trash, the branch he was on would get wobbly and he would slip back down. But he was clearly driven by whatever was in there, and he never gave up.

Eventually, his efforts were rewarded… but not in the way he had planned. Instead of being able to climb into the trash, the young rat ended up being flung backwards across the back alley, landing with an audible squeak of distress. This may not sound like a happy ending, except that this rat — once he had been flung halfway across the back alley — noticed the pile of trash on the ground on the other side of the road. Among other things, this pile of spilled garbage happened to contain a particularly delectable mound of rancid Whole Foods tuna salad. At least that’s what I think it was.

The rat never gave up. He struggled mightily and ended up facing disappointment. And yet in the end he triumphed, finding an even more delicious and accessible lunch than he had originally hoped for.

And perhaps that stray cat who had been sitting back and watching the whole thing ended up getting a delicious lunch out of it too.

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What I’m trying to say here is that we all have our struggles in life, but that ultimately the promise of Love… somewhere, somehow… can make those struggles worthwhile. That, and nothing ventured, nothing gained… there are plenty of fish in the sea, and so on. Also: I need to spend less time hanging out in my back alley, because there are lots of rats out there.

On second thought, I guess what I’m trying to say here is that Venus square Saturn is difficult. 

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Three Reasons To Not Worry About April’s Eclipses (Plus Baby Goats!)

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No Apocalypse today, folks. Sorry.

(More on eclipses in general here, in my April editorial, Blood Moons And Dragons Eating The Sun)

One of April’s two eclipses is happening early Tuesday morning, Eastern time. In a month that is already packed with thrills and chills, having two eclipses adds a zesty topping of dread for those of you who like to panic about things. Eclipses have a way of stirring the imagination of both astrologers and non-astrologers alike. If you find your self worried about this month’s eclipses, perhaps it’s time to take a step back and keep some basic principles in mind.

One: It’s never the eclipses that get you anyway.

Eclipses may happen on a specific day and time, but they tend to spread their influence out over time, and don’t usually become a factor until they are triggered off by a transit from another planet. They set up dramatic circumstances, but don’t usually deliver those in and of themselves.

Two: Half of you will be (mostly) off the hook for the April 29 eclipse.

One of the traditional rules for determining the effects of the eclipse on an individual is that it is much more powerful if it happens “above the horizon”: in other words, the April 29 eclipse (which happens at 9° Taurus) will have the most impact on you if your Ascendant is somewhere between 9° Scorpio and early Taurus. The Tuesday eclipse is affecting 25 degrees Aries and Libra… so check all three of those points to see if they land close to anything in your chart.

Three: You may not be in the eclipse path.

Although the April 15 eclipse will be visible throughout most of North and South America, the path of totality for the April 29 solar eclipse passes over part of Antarctica to Eastern Australia, thus sparing most belief that readers of its worst effects. However, of you are currently located at Casey Station, Antarctica: write me for an extra discount on a reading! You my be needing it…

Four: Baby goats do not concern themselves with eclipses.

Hey, look, baby goats! Baby goats don’t worry about eclipses!

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So, there you have it. Astrologically speaking, there are several good reasons why you simply should not panic over either of the eclipses is happening this month.

Besides: if you want to panic, that’s what the Cardinal Grand Cross is for. Click here for more details!

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Cardinal Grand Cross Celebrity Astrology Roundup!

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Yee-ha! I got me a Bieber!

(Check out my April Editorial Blood Moons, Dragons Eating The Sun: Astrology And Eclipses, HERE!) And now, just because celebrities are people too (with the possible exception of that Ukrainian model who got all that plastic surgery to look like Barbie), let see how this month’s pile of planetary tsuris is affecting some of our favorite celebrities… Justin Bieber (born March 1 1994, 12:56 AM, London, Ontario, Canada)  hasn’t generated a whole lot of press lately, probably laying low because of his various pending legal issues. That’s likely a good strategy, because Tuesday’s Solar Eclipse is landing right on top of Bieber’s Moon — which is the ruler of his Ninth House: legal matters. Next scheduled Bieber legal day is May 15th when his manager records a deposition… the day the transiting Sun is quincunx Bieber’s Moon. Ouch. Tori Spelling (born May 16, 1973, 1:13 AM, Los Angeles California) is facing a double whammy from both the Cardinal Grand Cross and Saturn. The Cardinal Grand Cross is messing with her Uranus, which is in her Eighth House… matters pertaining to sex. On top of that, Saturn is conjunct her Moon, which can be a very difficult time emotionally.  The Cardinal Grand Cross is also affecting her husband Dean McDermott (orn November 16, 1966, time unknown, Toronto Canada). His Moon in Capricorn is on the Pluto end of the Cardinal Grand Cross equation. Translation? The two have a new reality show coming out, and in the opening episode we will be treated to Dean’s confessions about cheating. It’s worth noting that Uranus is just now approaching the exact sextile to Tori’s Jupiter, which is the ruler of her Midheaven (career). So: Dean may be bad for Tori’s feelings, but apparently he’s awfully good for business. Speaking of Saturn, it’s now conjunct Hillary Clinton’s Mercury (born October 26, 1947, 8 PM Chicago Illinois). Her Mercury is in the Sixth House, which is the House the rules (among other things) “small movable objects.” Like, shoes. Specifically, like the shoe that Hilary-hater threw at her last Thursday at the speaking engagement in Las Vegas. From an astrological perspective, perhaps the most interesting celebrity news of late arising from the Cardinal Grand Cross is the announcement that Johnny Depp (born June 9, 1963, 8:44 AM, Owensboro Kentucky) is engaged to actress Amber Heard. What’s interesting about the timing of this announcement is of the Cardinal Grand Cross is affecting both Johnny’s Jupiter in Aries and his Moon in Capricorn. Both Jupiter and the Moon are closely associated with emotional security and well-being, and since Amber Heard is coming up on her Saturn Return by the end of the year, this does not bode particularly well for long-term marital happiness. Finally, it is rumored the Kanye West and Kim Kardashian will be getting married in a private ceremony this May 24th in Los Angeles. What’s interesting about this is that, assuming a noon ceremony, the Moon will be exactly conjunct Uranus at the top of the Cardinal Grand Cross. It’s not exactly the best possible wedding chart, but the Cardinal Grand Cross is not having too obvious an effect on either Kim or Kanye. Thus it appears that the most horrible outcome of the Cardinal Grand Cross may be that you and I and the rest of the world in general will be forced to endure many years of Kim and Kanye stories to come. But I try to be positive with my predictions, so forget I said anything about it.

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Your Cardinal Grand Cross Horoscope For December 18th, 1933

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I’ll drink to THAT!

There is a natural tendency for us to forget that history in general, and our lives in particular, are really more of a continuum than a series of connected dots. When a person looks back on (for example) their romantic past, there is a tendency to think of it as “you were single, then BAM! you met someone then POW! You were in love, and then ZAP! you were married and then KABOOM! that weasel cheated you on you, and then WHAM! you were divorced.” The truth is that although any one of those points in the relationship may have a specific focus in time and space, there were many things that led up to any one of them, and many things that followed on.

The Cardinal Grand Cross that is approaching has a lot of people worried, and I admit that I have spent a fair portion of my readings of late talking people down off a ledge one way or another. Things have been tense for a while, but there may not necessarily be a reason to assume that this is the month the other shoe drops for many of you. Certainly though… tides are turning all over the place.

The last time there was a Grand Cross in the Cardinal Signs (and also involving Jupiter, Mars, Uranus and Pluto) was December 18th, 1933. If you were a person living at that time and looking at the state of the world that month, you wouldn’t necessarily have seen a whole lot of big disasters things happening. There were the usual events in sports and politics. Bolivia and Paraguay were at war. The 13th Dalai Lama died. Overall, probably the single biggest news story was the repeal of Prohibition. But as far as big disasters overall? It was a fairly quiet month in human history.

On the upside, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers made their first film together. And if you had been around the time, you would’ve had no way of knowing that Tim Conway or Cicely Tyson or Henrik Gorecki were being born, or what their contributions to world culture would be.

Let’s not be too concerned that December 1933 was also the month the Germany’s defense ministry announced a program to increase the size of their army to a goal of 1.2 million soldiers by 1936, Ernst Röhm and Rudolf Hess joined the Cabinet, or that this was the month that all German press services came under the direct supervision of the Propaganda Ministry, shall we?

So you see: no matter what you’re going through, there’s no need to panic. You are in the middle of a continuum, and not necessarily about to be hit by a 2 x 4.

Having said THAT, though… yeah, pretty tense these days, isn’t it…?

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