Beliefnet
Oh My Stars

matthew currie astrology oscars 2017Once again, the time approaches when many of us make predictions, and are equally annoyed by the results whether we’re right or wrong: The Academy Awards.

This year’s ceremony begins at 5:30 PM on February 26th this year, in Los Angeles. What’s really interesting is that the ceremony starts a few hours after a Solar Eclipse at 8 degrees Pisces, and comes a couple of weeks after the Lunar Eclipse at 22 degrees Leo (more on those closer to those dates).

It’s interesting to note how this might affect the awards ceremony itself. Last year, I managed to track down a proper date, time, and place of birth for the very first Academy Awards ceremony (you can see it HERE). Note that the Solar Eclipse is happening closely opposite the Oscars’ Moon. That might be an indicator of trouble, but then again that Eclipse is happening below the horizon of the Oscars natal chart, and one of the old-school rules for interpreting an Eclipse is that it has more effect if it falls above the horizon in your chart. Nonetheless, that opposition is to the ruler of Oscar’s Pluto, and as I mentioned last year the Oscars are having their Pluto Opposition.

As for my predictions? I may have more once we know who the nominees are, but you’ve always got to be careful when speculating without a confirmed time of birth, and that’s often the case with these things. Don’t make the same mistake that many astrologers did with A Certain Large Historical Event that happened recently (and if you do get it right, don’t be a Wee Willy about it). However, two things stand out:

  • Mahershala Ali, who stars in Moonlight, appears to be having some really great transits, as is that film’s director, Barry Jenkins. I haven’t seen Moonlight yet (and most people haven’t), but Mahershala Ali was awesome in Luke Cage (see my article about Luke Cage HERE).
  • It doesn’t matter what you or I think, the Oscars often nominate films that people will still be watching ten or twenty (or more) years later — but those films are rarely the ones that win.

This means (of course) that Arrival is going to get stiffed, and (as many are predicting) La La Land will probably win big. Here are some examples…

1981
-Actual winner: Ordinary People
-Nominee that people still actually watch: Raiders Of The Lost Ark

1987
-Actual winner: The Last Emperor
-Nominees that people still actually watch: Fatal Attraction, Moonstruck

1990
-Actual winner: Dances With Wolves
-Nominee that people still actually watch: Goodfellas

1994
-Actual winner: Forrest Gump
-Nominee that people still actually watch: Pulp Fiction

1998
-Actual winner: Shakespeare In Love
-Nominee that people still watch: Saving Private Ryan

…and so on. I plan to be annoyed by this well in advance, as I was with the lack of major awards for Mad Max: Fury Road. Twenty years from now, that will still be a classic… and as for the actual winner, Spotlight? Go ahead: if you’ve seen both, tell me which one was more memorable. I dare you.

It’s the astrology newsletter you actually need — exclusive content, a discount on consultations, and more! CLICK HERE to sign up!

Questions about your birth chart, or astrology in general? Want to know more about my big discount on readings for new clients? Write me for details!

CLICK HERE to join the the NEW Facebook Fan Page, and get exclusive content, an additional discount on a reading, and more material on blog entries!

batman astrology matthew currieLAST TIME (click here if you didn’t see it): I took a look at the “birth chart” (or rather, the chart of the first publication date) for everyone’s favorite example of how childhood trauma plus relentless dedication plus huge wealth can lead to masked vigilantism — Batman. I focused mostly on the character’s personality. This time, I want to show how upcoming transits may be affecting the actual trademarked character, in real-world terms.

You see, The Defender Of Gotham has faced some tough times lately. Sure, he’s changed over the years — from the gritty detective/crime-fighter he was in the 1930s and 40s to the largely goofy figure of the 1960s to the brooding goth superhero of the 1990s. However it was in the 2000s that we reached Peak Batman, with the trilogy of films featuring Christian Bale in the title role… and we can track all of these permutations in Batman’s image by the path Pluto has taken through the Zodiac during those decades. And now Pluto is moving into the most challenging of all places for Our Hero.

Batman grew in popularity during the 1940s and 1950s, when Pluto was in Leo, trine the Sun, Mercury, and Saturn of the character’s “birth chart.” After that, his popularity faded somewhat, until the mid-1960s, when the Uranus-Pluto conjunction in Virgo landed right on top of Batman’s Neptune and opposite his Jupiter. This was when the popular Batman TV series came out — the crime-fighter was no longer as serious as he once was, but he made some serious bucks off of showbiz.

After that, the hero’s public profile diminished, until director Tim Burton brought Batman back to his roots (in classic, kinda-weird Tim Burton style) in 1989: specifically, when transiting Pluto in Scorpio was closely opposite Batman’s natal Uranus, giving the character a quirky but much-needed reboot. The film franchise slowly degenerated after that, and it took Pluto’s entry into mid-Sagittarius (the Christian Bale years as noted above), making the trine to all those Aries placements in the birth chart to re-invigorate the character’s popularity.

And then, Batman v Superman happened. For a full and nerdy rant about that mess, please click here for the astrology involved (along with a little too much geek venom for many people’s tastes). In future, the same Batman under the same director is scheduled to appear in the upcoming Justice League movies (two of them, at least), and in a solo project that keeps getting rescheduled and still hasn’t found the right script yet — things which are often a bad sign in Hollywood. Many fans and showbiz observers alike are concerned about the outcome.

So: should we be worried that The Caped Crusader is going down for the count? Not at all, because it appears that this most Plutonian of superheroes is going to be saved by a Pluto transit. Specifically: the Pluto Opposition. During the current Batman v Superman era, Pluto is square Batman’s natal Saturn — which is never an easy time, whether you are a person or a fictional property.

But Batman is facing his Pluto Opposition in the next few years. This is a transit one doesn’t hear too much about, because frankly most of us haven’t lived that long. Because of Pluto’s highly elliptical orbit, expecting people to make it to their Pluto Opposition has often (historically) been pretty unrealistic. Pluto travels a lot more slowly when it’s at the Taurus end of its orbit. Pluto only spent about a decade in Scorpio, but takes about thirty years to move through Taurus. If you had been born in 1860, you would have had to live to the age of about 125 to experience your Pluto Opposition.

In theory, this should be a powerful time of transformation for a person (or a fictional property). In practice, we simply have seen enough cases of a Pluto Opposition to really comment intelligently on them. Yet Batman will start experiencing the effects of “his” Pluto Opposition in as early as 2021 — at the relatively young age of 82. So how should we interpret this transit? Perhaps it’s best to say that the Pluto Opposition is likely to have a phoenix-like effect: regeneration in the face of death; the willingness to live on and fight back against the darkness.

Sounds like Batman to me…

Seen your January 2017 horoscope yet? If not, CLICK HERE for it!

It’s the astrology newsletter you actually need — exclusive content, a discount on consultations, and more! CLICK HERE to sign up!

Questions about your birth chart, or astrology in general? Want to know more about my big discount on readings for new clients? Write me for details!

CLICK HERE to join the the NEW Facebook Fan Page, and get exclusive content, an additional discount on a reading, and more material on blog entries!

matthew currie astrology batman chartPersonality-based astrology drives me a little nuts. Yes, it’s a large part of the appeal of astrology, but like any stereotyping, it has its limits. Aquariuses really do tend to be a little odd, and Scorpios do seem to have a talent for brooding over things, but insisting that these are absolute standards not only dismisses the complexity of astrology but the complexities of human nature as well. That, plus so much about “personality” is subjective. Is Politician X a bold visionary who is unafraid to speak up, or a loudmouthed loony who won’t shut up? The answer to that depends as much on your politics as on a birth chart.

I’ve written before about the personalities of fictional characters (click HERE and HERE for more), but in terms of usefulness, I much prefer the results we get from what’s called “mundane astrology,” when one looks at (in the case of a fictional character) the first appearance in public as an indicator of future popular success (see here for examples using Star Trek and Godzilla).

Frankly, I’m concerned about the future of Batman — or more accurately, the future of the commercial viability of the character — based on upcoming transits to the chart of his first appearance. The character first appeared in Detective Comics #27, with a cover date of May 1930. But as I noted in my Luke Cage article, comic and magazine dates don’t match the actual printing date. However, we do know that Detective Comics #27 first entered the world on March 30, 1939, thanks to the Catalog of Copyright Entries For Periodicals (you see the research I do for you, Dear Reader?). Using this date gives us the birth chart for Batman that I posted at the top of this entry (click to enlarge). The “time of birth” of noon is speculative, but Cancer Rising seems likely based on the time of year, latitude, and regular business hours — and Pluto on the Ascendant certainly matches the character.

Even though I just picked on “personality-based” astrology, at the same time I have to admit that in previous entries about fictional characters there are distinct parallels between the “personality” of a fictional character and that character’s First Appearance Chart. And… sorry all those of you who insist that Batman just has to be a Scorpio… the Aries chart fits the character of Batman nicely.

A few points that jump immediately out at me:

  • Sun, Mercury, and Saturn in Aries: Action-oriented and bold.
  • Sun square Mars: Unafraid, even when he probably should be.
  • Venus quincunx Pluto: An erratic love life, driven in part by fears of loss or abandonment from childhood
  • Moon in Leo conjunct (although out-of-Sign) Pluto: Loves the drama of dressing up and playing a role, forceful about imposing himself on others when he feels he needs to.
  • Jupiter opposite Neptune: Intellectually bold and curious, subscribes to a unique world-view
  • Uranus conjunct South Node: driven by unusual circumstances from his formative years.

Now, having said all that, clearly Batman is well-equipped to survive bad times. However, I believe the transits show that The Caped Crusader faces challenging times ahead…

NEXT TIME: Using Mundane Astrology, I look at the future of Batman, and why he might finally succumb to the greatest of all his enemies… Hollywood Business Practices!

Seen your January 2017 horoscope yet? If not, CLICK HERE for it!

It’s the astrology newsletter you actually need — exclusive content, a discount on consultations, and more! CLICK HERE to sign up!

Questions about your birth chart, or astrology in general? Want to know more about my big discount on readings for new clients? Write me for details!

CLICK HERE to join the the NEW Facebook Fan Page, and get exclusive content, an additional discount on a reading, and more material on blog entries!

matthew currie astrology esteban santiago fort lauderdale“Sing, O muse, of the rage of Achilles, son of Peleus, that brought countless ills upon the Achaeans.”
-Homer, The Iliad

On Friday, there was a shooting at the airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Five were killed and at least six others were injured. An American citizen and military veteran (Esteban Santiago, born March 16 1990, time unknown, New Jersey) is the alleged shooter, and is now in custody.

We are all allowed some moral choice in our decisions, but do you ever get the feeling the deck is sometimes stacked against some of us a bit more than others?

***

“There is nothing alive more agonized than man, of all that breathe and crawl across the earth.”

War makes people crazy. You may not like to think so, but it does, and we have known this about warfare as long as such a thing has existed. The Iliad, written about 2800 years ago, knew that full well. It is the story of the end of the Trojan War, and is focused in large part on the character of Achilles. Achilles was the greatest warrior among his people. Being brave and wise, as it turns out though, isn’t enough to keep your from losing your marbles when you see your best friend killed in front of you, when you’re trapped in the middle of a decade-long war kept going in part by human ambition and by the capricious interference of various Gods who couldn’t agree on how a war should be approached, or whether or not the outcome is clear and worthwhile.

Of course, we’re a lot more civilized than that now. We have elected officials to handle these things for us instead of Zeus and Apollo and such.

***

Esteban Santiago was a Private First Class and combat engineer. He was deployed to Iraq in 2010 and was the recipient of half a dozen medals. His family says he came back changed, and not for the better. At one point he sought help with his mental health but was apparently unable to get it, or get enough. They took his gun away, but it was returned to him after it was determined that hearing voices, believing your mind is being controlled, and having the urge to join ISIS was not enough to infringe upon his right to gun ownership. Also: there just wasn’t enough help to be had, given that The Gods decreed seven times previously that spending tax dollars on Achilles and his kind was not justified.

…Or, something like that. Maybe I have the two stories confused, what with being so similar and all.

***

And so it came to pass that on January 6th 2017 at 1:30 PM local time, Esteban Santiago picked up the gun he had legally brought in his luggage at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport. With transiting Saturn closely square his Mercury (ruler of his already troubled mind), and transiting Sun and Pluto conjunct on top of his already pretty delusional Neptune, and the local Midheaven conjunct his Mars. Esteban calmly unpacked his gun and did the unpredictable (yet totally forseeable) and unpreventable (yet totally unnecessary) thing and started killing people.

It’s just a good thing we have Gods and/or astrology to blame these things on, otherwise you could almost say this was “a preventable tragedy.” What a relief it was just a random thing, and no one could have seen it coming.

So, hey. Don’t worry yourself about it.

“I wish that strife would vanish away from among gods and mortals, and gall, which makes a man grow angry for all his great mind, that gall of anger that swarms like smoke inside of a man’s heart and becomes a thing sweeter to him by far than the dripping of honey.”

***

Seen your January 2017 horoscope yet? If not, CLICK HERE for it!

It’s the astrology newsletter you actually need — exclusive content, a discount on consultations, and more! CLICK HERE to sign up!

Questions about your birth chart, or astrology in general? Want to know more about my big discount on readings for new clients? Write me for details!

CLICK HERE to join the the NEW Facebook Fan Page, and get exclusive content, an additional discount on a reading, and more material on blog entries!