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Astrology (And John Nash) Save Your Week

posted by Matthew Currie

beliefnet astrology matthew currie john nashThis week’s transits require a little extra caution, even though the trickiest of them is exact on Monday when most people aren’t operating their heavy machinery at work because of Memorial Day.

(A word of explanation to my non-American readers: the United States has four military-themed occasions on its calendar. Memorial Day, when they commemorate those who have died in war. Then there’s Veteran’s Day, when they salute the ones who survived. There’s also Armed Forces Day, when they give a nod to those who may or may not get killed yet… and finally Election Day, when Americans chose the person who will start their next war. But I digress.)

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What makes this week so deserving of extra care and attention is Mars in Gemini square Neptune in Pisces. Mars represents your drives, your urge to get things done, and that impulse to go a little faster. It’s already a bit on the scattered side in Gemini, but since Gemini is ruled by Mercury… which is retrograde right now… that Mars energy is a little more likely to go astray than usual. Furthermore, since both Mercury and Mars are in a Mercury-ruled Sign, you could say that Mercury (your thoughts) will win the struggle between “what you think you can get away with” and “what you can really accomplish.”

And oh yeah… as if THAT weren’t bad enough, then there’s the square from Neptune.

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Mathematician John Nash and his wife died Saturday in a taxi crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. He was 86 years old. He is best remembered as the subject of the Oscar-winning film A Beautiful Mind, starring Russell Crowe. Despite Nash’s contributions to human understanding of how the world works, he is probably best known for having overcome schizophrenia.

John Nash’s birth chart and the astrology of his death are fascinating stuff,  and I will be going into detail about that in my next blog entry, but in the meantime I’d like to share with you his most famous contribution to mathematics — The Nash Equilibrium. Like so many things in life, it actually seems pretty straightforward and simple but it took a genius to discover it and describe it properly. Although it’s primarily applied to economics and that branch of math called Game Theory, it covers a lot of life’s situations. It can even help you understand how to handle the weirdness that comes with this week’s Mars Neptune square.

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First, watch this video. Hey, the thing won an Oscar… you can give it three minutes if your time, especially since it could really help you this week.

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Now here’s how this applies to you and the Mars-Neptune square.

Mars is drive and ambition. In Gemini (like it is now) and ruled by a retrograde Mercury, its efforts are often scattered. But when that Mars is in a difficult square aspect to Neptune, further complications can set in. Neptune loves a good illusion, and the square to Mars can muddy the waters as to what you really want or need from life. It can scatter your efforts or point them in the wrong direction completely. It can convince you that a friend is an enemy or that a little arsenic is just what your salad dressing needs.

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So under those circumstances how do you know how to take what Buddhists call “right action”?

Simple. Don’t be greedy. Don’t push your luck. Use common sense. Don’t let your impulses do the thinking for you, and pay attention to the details. This, as it turns out, may be what killed John Nash and his wife on Saturday — an underestimation of risk.

If you use your head, you can come out ahead in the next few days. But be warned: not everyone around you will have read this blog entry and be as wise as you, so just to be safe you should probably post, tweet, pin, and email this blog entry as widely as you possibly can.

Hey — it’s because I care, all right?

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Next time: the beautiful birth chart and unfortunate astrology behind the life and death of John Nash.

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#Bad #Internet #Astrology #Is #Annoying #Me

posted by Matthew Currie

We are truly fortunate to live in an age where so much information is freely available on the Internet. When I was a kid growing up in the Seventies, we didn’t have the Internet to look information up with, but I lived in a small city which supported a university, and they had a feature called “dial an expert,” and whenever I came up with a question that I couldn’t find the answer to on my own, I used to call them up all the time and try to find a professor who could answer my questions.

Are dogs color blind?
Why can parrots learn to have a conversation but not do math?
Why do we have two lungs instead of one big one?
Why do earthworms have 5 hearts and we only have one?

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These are all samples of actual questions I called the University with as a child. There were questions involving lots of other subject matters, but for whatever reason it was the Biology Department that got the least sick of me.

Today we have the Internet and unparalleled access to information… and much of it is terrible.

Here are a couple of ways to tell if the web site you’re getting your astrology from is terrible.

SERVE SOME KEYWORD SALAD

Those of you who run a website or write for the Internet or have done research into how to draw attention to your website will undoubtedly have uncovered a concept called “SEO,”  which is short for “search engine optimization.” In essence, what this means is that whatever you write for the Internet is supposed to be heavily spiced with usage of common words that will draw people using Google looking for your service or product.

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At first this concept seems perfectly reasonable: if you are selling aircraft engine bushings, why not use the phrase “aircraft engine bushings” on your website a lot so Google will make it easier for customers to find you?

In practice however this tends to serve as the enemy of clear and enjoyable writing. Let me show you an example of that, which is probably typical of something you’ve come across before.

Gemini Capricorn compatibility

Are you a Gemini interested in a Capricorn? Are you a Capricorn interested in a Gemini? Are you a Gemini woman attracted to a Capricorn man? Are you a Gemini man attracted to a Capricorn corn woman? Are you a Gemini or a Capricorn man or woman who would like to attract the seduce or date or have sex with or fall in love with or have a relationship with or share an apartment with a Gemini or Capricorn man or woman? Are Gemini and Capricorn compatible? Does Gemini like Capricorn? Does Capricorn like Gemini?

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The answer is a definite maybe! Click here to purchase a generic computer generated report that will give you all the uncanny profound mystical astrological astrology astrologer details! Warm up that credit card!

INFOGRAPHICS DON’T LIE (BUT THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE THEM DO)

Equally click-bait-worthy (and equally offensive to a well rounded knowledge of astrology) are those sites which specialized in posting infographics that tragically minimize or outright misrepresent the complexities of astrology. You have undoubtedly seen these things posted on a friend’s Facebook Wall somewhere — or in a moment of weakness re-posted one yourself that insisted you were inherently more honest, sexy, lovable, and/or trustworthy than the average Sign… of if you just broke up with an (X) after dating a (Y) and they both cheated on you, and you found an infographic that insisted that (X) and (Y) are both inherently terrible people.

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I refuse to give any of these sites more publicity than they deserve, so I made an example on my own. Here it is:

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Go ahead, click on it, download it, share it, pin it, tweet it, and roll it up and smoke it. I need the publicity!

Speaking as someone who writes on the Internet as part of my living, I am aware of these various techniques for getting more clicks. Sadly, many of the websites that are also aware of these techniques really don’t appear to give even the tiniest of hoots about whether or not they’re conveying actual information. Once you’ve generously donated your click and your eyeball time, they’re done with astrology.

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I do care about those things. So by all means: if you’ve been clicking around looking for general information on astrology, bookmark this place and feel free to come back. You might not get the 25 words or less answer you were looking for, but you might end up getting something even better: the truth about how astrology really works and how it can actually make your life a genuinely better place.

As for all those extra SEO-induced clicks I could be getting? I’ll just have to learn to live without them.

So if you have any questions for me, Please feel free to write me and ask. However, be warned: if you are a Gemini man and/or woman wanting to know if a Capricorn man/ woman will be attracted to you, love you, or seduce you… I’m going to need more information than that. Also: all the good you may actually need a reading rather than just a quick and snappy answer. Life is like that sometimes.

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Mars in Gemini: Are You Listening?

posted by Matthew Currie

Last time, I discussed in fine detail the workings of Mars in Gemini without really getting anywhere at all with it. That’s because that’s how Mars in Gemini often works. However, if you can learn to work with the (sometimes frantic) mental energies this transit brings, you’ll be able to do yourself a lot of good. Or at least with luck you won’t embarrass yourself by rambling incoherently on your blog in public about it. Just sayin’.

Here are the major transits that Mars will be making to other planets during its time in Gemini. I have listed the exact dates, but add a couple of days on either side of those.

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Right now: Mars opposite Saturn 
You’ll probably have a hard time mustering the energy and focus to get anything done in a practical way. It’s a bit like pressing on the brake pedal and the gas pedal at the same time and cranking the wheel all the way to the left and somehow expecting to travel down a straight road. Example: Mars entered Gemini days ago, and I’m an astrology blogger, and it’s only now that I’m getting around to writing about it. Go figure. Hey: I can predict the future, but I can’t avoid it.

May 18: Mercury goes retrograde
Although (strictly speaking) this doesn’t involve Mars, since Mercury is the ruler of Gemini, above and beyond all the usual cautions about Mercury retrograde you should also be more careful about where and how you use your temper. In other words: you’re just more likely to tear a strip off of the wrong person, and /or they’re more likely to do it to you. You’ve been warned.

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May 25: Mars square Neptune
If you are tired of the scatter-shot results that Mars in Gemini is getting you with your personal ambitions, try mixing in an unhealthy amount of delusion. Yeah, that’ll make everything better. Be careful who you decide to work out your drives and aggressions with.

May 27: Mercury conjunct Mars
Let’s discuss my personal issues with you at length. In detail. In an extended format. Oh, you don’t want to hear about it? Good luck undoing those knots I tied you to that chair with – I was in Boy Scouts you know. Okay — technically I held a Boy Scout hostage until he showed my how to tie them. He survived and so can you. Now let’s talk about my problems with you in detail… and quit biting on that ball gag! It was expensive. You’ll get your turn to talk later. Maybe.

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June 5 Mars sextile Jupiter
This could be an excellent time to celebrate something or throw a party. It could also be an excellent time to go nuts with something, overdo it, or push your limits unwisely. Depending on your personal party style, those two may be the same thing. Literally or figuratively, a designated driver is advised.

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Mars in Gemini Party Music!

June 11: Mars square Chiron
Hey, I know you’re not the type to go around deliberately hurting anyone’s feelings or stirring up any old psychological ghosts just to make me feel bad about things that are completely out of me control or deeply rooted in my past. I’m not that way either. Let’s all just promise ourselves to be more careful with our words and actions around those things, okay? Besides: I know that, given how your parents really felt about you as a child, you can’t help acting out now. But we’re cool now, right?

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Also June 11: Mercury goes direct
Yeah. I’m sure that’ll make everything magically better all of a sudden. Hahahahaha…

June 24th: Mars enters Cancer
Mars suddenly feels all shy and stupid about the things he’s been saying to you for the last while, and decides to crawl home and quietly contemplate why he didn’t grow up to be the planet his Mother wanted him to be.

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Mars in Gemini: No, YOU Shut Up

posted by Matthew Currie

Okay, first of all I admit it: this article is late. Mars actually entered Gemini last Monday. But I have my reasons! Really!

It would be wrong of me to blame any of my personal failings on where the planets are at any given time. We all have to take responsibility for the choices we make under the circumstances we face. However, for educational purposes only, that’s exactly what I’m about to do. Not take responsibility, that is. Today I’m going to do the other thing: blame the planets.

You see, in astrology each planet represents various functions in the life. Mars represents the basic drive and ambition to get things done no matter what those things may be. Furthermore, the Sign a planet is in will color how it operates. Gemini is a great sign for noticing details and writing and communicating and talking things over and so on. But it tends to get a little scattered more than the average Sign does. Gemini notices a lot of little details and jumps at distractions like a dog that thinks he’s seen a squirrel. So it’s only natural that with Mars now in Gemini, I’ve had a harder time getting my writing and communicating done, and it’s perfectly understandable that there will be delays and frustrations with getting the job done, because life is full of distractions… am I right?

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Whoa. You know what I just remembered just now? “Tarzan Boy” by Baltimora. Was that one of the greatest one hit wonders of all time or what?

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OH oh oh oh oh oh oh OH oh OH… Sorry — I got distracted and scattered again. Gemini is also smart enough to be able to come up with excuses where other Signs might not, so it (kinda) all works out in the end.

Hey, see what I did there? I covered my butt by using astrology as an excuse. Learn this stuff and you’ll get away with things like that all the time too!

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Okay, seriously: Mars is now in early Gemini as I write this, and it’s opposite my natal Mercury — so I feel more compelled than usual to write and to communicate. But transiting Mars is also opposite transiting Saturn, which is conjunct my natal Mercury, so for the last couple of weeks there have been incredible obstacles to me writing and communicating. So the fact that Mars in Gemini can scatter your efforts and attention is really secondary to the fact that — hey, you know what another great song is? “Start Wearing Purple” by Gogol Bordello!

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Anyway…

All else being equal, Mars in Gemini is often a good time to more clearly communicate your needs, put your frustrations into words in order to find a solution, voice your concerns, and think your way out of a trap. It’s also a potentially great time to say the wrong thing at the wrong time to the wrong person and get your face slapped. So please be a little cautious with that Gemini magical gift for words, won’t you? And be careful of contradicting yourself, like I did earlier by saying “don’t use astrology to avoid responsibility for your actions” and then I went ahead and did just exactly that. But as any Gemini would point out: just because two things are contradictory doesn’t mean they can’t both be true.

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Oh darn. I’ve hit my word count and still haven’t described the major transits Mars will be making while in Gemini. Come back for that next time, okay? I swear I’ll be more focused. Honest!

Well, probably anyway.

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Questions about your birth chart, or astrology in general? Want to know more about my big discount on readings for new clients? Want a free month of my NEW Subscription Service? Write me for details!

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