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When you’re in love, it’s like dreams can come true. But that doesn’t necessarily your dreams, or the dreams you used to dream. But usually, in the final analysis, life and love bend towards at least a notion of how things should be. The process can be frightening and painful. But sometimes… sometimes… it can lead to wonders you never dared dream for yourself. The complexities of the human heart are not the sole dominion of women, or men. And sometimes these things aren’t even limited to humans.

You may have heard about Harry and Pepper, two male penguins who set up romantic shop together at The San Francisco Zoo. They were a happy couple, despite having the conventions of traditional Western morality against them, content to spend their days grooming each other, setting up a home together, and enjoying all the free raw fish. Everything was great, or so it seemed — until Linda showed up. Linda was the widow from across the way, and penguins are apparently not inclined to waste time when they find themselves single, even after a tragic loss.

It didn’t take long for Harry to stray from his place with Pepper and set up shop with Linda… all in time for mating season. And so now Pepper is single and on the prowl… This, despite Pepper having been convinced that the status quo was “good enough.” I have no astrological advice to go with this. I did actually try to find birth data for the penguins in question. And honestly… I don’t know that any astrologer could say anything wiser about this situation than what zookeeper Harrison Edell had to say on the matter: “People think we separated them on purpose,” Edell said. “There’s no explaining love.”

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Astrologers find themselves in an unusual position when it comes to the love relationships of their clients, past present and future. On the one hand, we can see the mechanisms that work and make things great when all is well. On the other hand, we can see the potential pitfalls… but who wants to hear about all that when you’re in love? We can see perfectly well the aspects that tear people apart… but who cares about that when things are going well? Transits are what change us, but ultimately — the birth chart you fell in love with is the same birth chart that’s driving you crazy now. At least if you get a reading on the matter, you’ll get some clarity, a but of guidance — and possibly, hope.

Hey: people are complicated some times. Even penguins are complicated. You thought Astrology wouldn’t be?

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beliefnet astrology gemini matthew currieAs many of you may already know, a “trine” is when two planets are 120 degrees apart. It’s generally considered to be the “best” aspect. If you have one in your birth chart (and you very well may, somewhere) the standard description makes it sound a little like someone did Feng Shui on that part of you. Lots of people call it “harmonious” and stuff like that. Moon trine Neptune? A harmonious flow between your emotions and your sense of mysticism. Venus trine Jupiter? You are amiable and people like you. Mars trine Uranus? You have no problem putting your individuality in motion. And so on.

Now, suppose you have three planets, with each one trine to the other two… Sun in early Aries, Mars in early Leo, and Neptune in early Sagittarius, let’s say. That’s what we call a “Grand Trine.” Woo hoo! Sounds like you’ve really hit the astrological jackpot, doesn’t it?

Not so fast. The Grand Trine can be a real curse, and the worst kind of curse… an invisible one.

You see, a trine represents ease, talent, gifts… good things. But sometimes if something comes too easily to you, you can get lazy with it. Worse yet, you can become like a millionaire who just naturally assumes that either everyone else is a millionaire too, except for the occasional peasant. And in a world full of millionaires, there’s something obviously wrong with a peasant, isn’t there?

The aspects between the planets in your birth chart do a lot to set the tone inside your own head, and thus affect how you relate to others and to life itself. Trines are “easy,” and a Grand Trine is “a lot of easy.” Think of it as a pool table with three sides, and the pockets are in the corners. Bounce a ball off the sides, and theoretically it could bounce around forever without actually sinking. That may be of some amusement to you, but it’s no way to win at pool. Or, in real-life terms… it’s a rut. A comfortable, cozy one perhaps, but a rut nonetheless… from which there may simply be no escape.

The good news is that your birth chart is the hand you were dealt, but it doesn’t force you to play it one specific way. You have choice… and lucky you, especially if you have a Grand Trine!

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When Mars is retrograde, it’s often a time when it’s better to think about bold action, rather than to actually strike out. When Mars is retrograde and conjunct the South Node (as it is now), it’s a time when you should think especially carefully before you act based on old wounds from the past, or (worse) if you use your past as an excuse to mess up your present or future.

Remember when you were a kid and you wanted a pet monkey, but you were crushed because your parents said no…?

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July 20: Mars (retrograde) conjunct South Node
You’ve decided that you’re going to confront this shadow from your past and finally do something you’ve always wanted to do: you’re going to buy a monkey. This is going to be awesome!

July 27: Lunar Eclipse at 4 degrees Aquarius, conjunct Mars
Things aren’t working out as planned with you and Mr. Bobo. He poops pretty much wherever he wants to, and has a habit of going into the kitchen and throwing everything off of the shelves. But you know, any relationship takes work, so you’re not about to give up.

August 1: Mars (retrograde) square Uranus
Mr. Bobo is now regularly flinging handfuls of poop at you, and you can’t pet him anymore because he keeps trying to bite you. You buy a roll of chicken wire and intend to build a cage for him, but you can’t get him into it, so you just use it to wall off a portion of your living room.

August 3: Mars (retrograde) sextile Chiron
You find yourself wondering if it was really all that traumatic when your parents told you you couldn’t have a pet monkey. Sure, you have issues with your parents, but that doesn’t mean they were wrong about everything. You find yourself at peace with your past, and Mr Bobo calms down for, like, at least half a day.

August 12: Mars (retrograde) enters Capricorn
It’s time to apply some common sense to the Mr. Bobo situation. You watched a bunch of YouTube videos about training monkeys and, with luck you will hopefully have some kind of a useful pet. Sounds like a plan, right?

August 27: Mars goes direct
The monkey absolutely cannot be reasoned with. His half of the living room is now shredded beyond recognition. You decide to call the guy you bought the monkey from to ask some questions. It turns out the monkey used to be in a laboratory study of aggression in drug addicts, was apparently very badly treated, and just might have herpes.

September 25: Mars conjunct South Node
Once again you find yourself wanting to address issues from your past. Your ex calls and talks to you about your life, and by the end of the conversation you start thinking that maybe things weren’t so bad with that relationship after all. Maybe you two could give it another shot.

… But then the lesson from the last time Mars was conjunct the South Node kicks in. You realize that reconciling with that jerk would be a terrible mistake, but you still want to honor the good parts of it. So, with that in mind, you give your ex a gift. Specifically, a pet monkey…

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matthew currie astrology july 12 2018 eclipseI often tell my clients that a New Moon is an excellent time to set your intentions for the coming month.

I sometimes wonder, though, how useful that advice is, or how many people actually follow it. Setting your intentions on a New Moon is a little like New Year’s resolutions: by mid February at the latest that gym membership is going unused, and you haven’t done anything to find a better job.

July 12th brings us not just any New Moon, but a Solar Eclipse. That makes it particularly powerful as New Moons go, but the opposition to Pluto makes it far more powerful than even a regular solar eclipse. how this is going to affect you is of course dependent on the placements in your individual birth chart. For some this will be overwhelmingly positive… read my previous blog entry about this Eclipse here if you haven’t already.

Making room for new growth, even if it’s for something very good, usually involves clearing some dead wood. And that, I think, is the lesson this Solar Eclipse will be bringing us.

So: in order to make room for something beautiful and true in your life, even if there is a very happy outcome to all of this, you just might have to let go of something. It might mean letting go of the damage from your past, which is one of those things that sounds good in theory but is often painfully difficult in practice. It could be a matter of releasing an attitude about yourself or someone or something else that is holding you back from achieving your full potential. Or, it could be as simple as letting go of someone you love because you’ve come to the opinion that you’re both more in love with each other’s damage, or your own. In any case, remember that (medically speaking) amputation is sometimes necessary, and clearly the right thing to do — but nothing is worse than a botched or incomplete amputation.

I may not know what your individual situation may be… but, Dear Gentle Reader, I assure you that things can and will be better in future. And I assure you the one way or another, that work will begin with this eclipse. Godspeed… and if you want to talk about this, you know where to find me.

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