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There is an answer to that which I’ve been learning for over 20 years, but I am still learning it: astrology is good for a lot of things. Astrology, like life itself, doesn’t just concern itself with the big moments and the major events and who you truly are and what makes others tick and the great victories and the tragic defeats. It does all that of course, but it’s also there in the small moments of quiet delight and little aches.

I try not to reveal too much of myself in my writing, because ultimately I’m not that much of an exhibitionist. But I’ll let you know that as I write this, transiting Uranus in Taurus is beating the crap out of my Venus, and Pluto continues to lurk closely opposite my Moon. So although overall my life has been good of late, I am now facing a crushing hammer-blow of sorrow over some things. Any textbook could tell what those transits mean, but as any decent nurse or physician can tell you, there’s a lot more to the human experience that what’s in the text book — and any decent astrologer can do you more good than just reading off a laundry list of generic interpretations.

(Meanwhile though: transiting Jupiter and Neptune are doing wonders for me. See how the bad news always grabs the headlines?)

Therein lies the real blessing of Astrology: perspective.

So yes: astrology can describe your personality and explain why your love life is in the state it is and why you hate your job and what you can do about it all, and so on. But it’s more than that. It’s a way to really understand the daily rhythms of the Universe. Saturn transits can make your life difficult for a few months, but even quick little lunar transits–the ones that only last for a few hours– can bring you a shot at happiness and comfort for a few hours a few times a month. And the tough lunar transits, once understood, can clarify that things aren’t really THAT bad now — they just feel that way, and this too shall pass.

Astrology can be both so much more than just avoiding the storms and plotting a course to smooth seas.  Although maybe knowing something like “the next few weeks will suck,” doesn’t sound like the most meaningful use of the ancient art of astrology ever, it can certainly be a comfort knowing the storm will pass. I can look at the position of the Moon now and know that as I’m writing this I’m a sloppy emotional mess, but by the time this article hits the Internet, things will probably be a little better. Mars will still be agitating and Saturn will still be constricting, but my mood will be better equipped to handle it.

And when you get right down to it: sometimes life is all about “handling it.” The conditions will change, and eventually they will start to improve even after the most difficult of times. Knowing that can be a tremendous help, and taking full advantage of the little breaks can be vital to retaining your hope and your sanity.

Understanding your strengths and your weaknesses can be vital for making the most out of your life. And understanding that at times, no matter how hard you try things won’t work out… and that there will be other times when the lucky breaks will simply appear… can make a world of difference. It can be the morale builder that keeps you going until things turn your away again.

That, and sometimes it’s good to know that a bad day is just one bad day. The Universe hasn’t kicked you to the curb just yet.

So: stick around, Dear Reader, and keep coming back. We’ll get through this together, and come out better on the other side.

Curious about how my new e-book: “Saturn Trine Uranus: Playing With Power” can help you work with this energy to get maximum benefit? Feel free to write me about it!

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sat ura coverUranus enters Taurus today, and stays there until a retrograde moves it back for a final pass through Aries in September. Astrologically this is pretty big news and you will be hearing plenty about it both here and elsewhere in the astrological community. I want to kick off your Uranus in Taurus in a way that’s maybe a little different from how many others will be approaching it.

Instead of speaking about Uranus in Taurus in broad, global terms — let’s talk about how Uranus in Taurus will be affecting you personally.

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Although (other than the previously mentioned retrograde) Uranus will be in Taurus until 2025,  between now and September is going to be a very significant time. That’s when Uranus trine Saturn will be happening. Despite everything else going on in the Zodiac, this will be the dominant energy throughout most of the year, and frankly I have a hard time thinking of a more useful aspect — if you work with it properly.

Saturn in Capricorn is a powerful force for imposing structure and order on your life. Uranus in Taurus is a different matter entirely: a bold and reckless energy that can be easy to mismanage, but achieves pure brilliance when handled properly. And since Uranus is technically in the Sign of its “fall” in Taurus (being opposite Scorpio, where Uranus is exalted), it could use a helping hand from Saturn — even if the two planets are o0f completely different natures.

I’m assembling an e-book about this, entitled Saturn Trine Uranus: Playing With Power. I’ll be sending this out to all of my clients I do readings for in the next few months, as an adjunct to then regular reading (it will also be available separately).  If you have any important placements in the first five or six degrees of any given Sign, then Saturn trine Uranus will be having a direct effect on you somehow. And frankly? I’m a bit tired of the idea that astrology is something that just happens to you. Understand the conditions, work with them, and get maximum results. That’s what Uranus specializes in: doing your thing with what’s handed you, and not just taking it on the chin.

My e-book will go into detail on a weekly basis as to how you can work with this energy to get maximum effect. Feel free to write me about it!

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As many of you have probably heard, when the Moon is “Void of Course,” it’s a bad time to start a new project. Or finish an old one. Or… well, let’s face it, a Void of Course Moon is just a good excuse to slack off. In that spirit, and as a writer and an astrologer, I now present this, which is really not connected to writing (in the usual sense) or astrology (in any sense, really).

My goal here is to establish that the Void of Course Moon can be incredibly productive if you focus inward, engage in “lateral thinking,” or (if you’re like me) you are a prankster at heart who really shouldn’t go too long unsupervised.

In that spirit, here is my photo essay, “Void, Of Course.” I hope you enjoy it. And if you don’t, well, it was done during a Void of Course Moon, so what did you expect?

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Always use caution when accepting an offer that seems to be too good to be true… especially when the Moon is Void of Course.

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Whenever the Moon is Void Of Course, perhaps especially when it’s in a Water Sign, one must be cautious to not over-react to real or perceived threats. Take caution in your relations with others, but don’t blow things out of proportion.

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There is often a sense of restlessness or dissatisfaction that occurs during a Void Of Course Moon, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you need change, or that you will choose the kind of “change” that is best with you. Avoid starting on new projects or major personal makeovers.

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Sure, there might be an issue with your relationship… but with the Moon Void Of Course, can you really be sure that THE OTHER GUY is the one who isn’t being “fully present”?

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Be cautious making long-term decisions when the Moon is Void Of Course. The solution you reach for may not be in your best interests in the long run. Besides… you may not like where you’re living, but there’s plenty worse places to be…

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matthew currie astrology colo gorillaA team of researchers have recently determined that chimps and orangutans have personalities: individual variable traits like extroversion and neurosis and such. Of course this should come as no surprise, not only given that apes are close relatives of ours… but if you’ve ever know many cats or dogs or parrots, you already know that animals in general tend to have “personalities.”

So why was this recent study so noteworthy? A “personality” is a ridiculously hard thing to measure, weigh, or dissect in a scientific, objective way. You can’t bomb a person with accelerated particles or spray them with Luminol to detect their personality either (but you might get a clue from doing so how well they deal with being sprayed or irradiated by jerks in lab coats). And now that we’ve established that Bongo is more agreeable than Bobo…what exactly does one DO with this information?

The modern science of psychology is over a century old. Millions have studied it, billions have been spent on research, and we all seem to think we have personalities… yet there is no consensus. Show me a psychiatrist with a firm professional opinion as to why you have a personality, and I’ll show you two who disagree. That doesn’t necessarily dismiss psychiatry as a whole, but remember this next time you hear a skeptic argue against astrology based on the “personality.” Your skeptic friend probably has a personality too… but until you’ve been shown the graphs, feel free to believe otherwise.

This is why, when it comes to defending astrology (and holy cow, have I done that a few times), I prefer to stick to something more observable than just personality-based observations. I prefer predictive work, like “holy cow is your career going to be messed up in the next month or two (looking at you, Kanye).

Put another way: I can’t tell you WHY, exactly, that “Sun square Mars and Jupiter” made your ex a huge jerk… but at least I can see that potential there. Of course, you already knew that… so shouldn’t you have seen me about this a lot earlier?

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