Oh My Stars

Everything happens for a reason – but sometimes we can tip the balance of the Universe in our favor.

Have you ever had something important planned that fell apart because of some annoying little complication, like you missed the bus, or messed up the address, or something like that? Or have you ever had a good idea that should have worked but didn’t come together because of various unforeseen little complications? Frustrating, isn’t it?

On the other hand: you’ve probably had something happen in your life that turned out surprisingly well because of similar little circumstances working out. In either case, an astrologer can look at the transits you were having at the time and see the potential for things going wrong or going right. But what if you could actually plan ahead to initiate your plans at the right time?

Actually, you can. This is what we call “electional astrology.” The rest of this blog entry will be heavy on the technical details, so if you don’t care about those so much, but you have an important project to start, feel free to skip ahead to the end and contact me for a reading.


It seems kind of obvious to say that if a project or a business or an idea works out and gets results, it’s because of “good transits.” The opposite also seems pretty obvious. Humans are subject to hindsight, but ultimately the planets are always where they were going to be. But timing is everything, and although we usually stumble into these things by accident, astrology can actually help you maximize your chances of success.

Here is the example from one of the members of “Learn Astrology With Matthew Currie,” the Facebook group where we are having an ongoing conversation learning and understanding astrology better. What, you haven’t heard about that? Really, you should drop by the “Oh My Stars” Facebook group (which is absolutely free) and ask about it.

When we want to see what would be a good time to take a certain action or start a new project, we look at the transits — in other words, where the planets are now relative to where they were when you were born, and whether or not they will be helpful. But we also need to keep in mind that every action or a new project also has a “birth chart” of its own. In other words, you’re likely to have success with something when you’re having good transits for it, but if you commence the action at the right day and time, you are much more likely to get positive results.

Student 15 was inquiring about a new job possibility with her boss — specifically, a position in a different state she’s been dying to move to. She sent the e-mail on September 15th, 2014 at 11:11 AM local time (yes, I’m sure a numerologist WOULD have something to say about that).

beliefnet matthew currie learn astrology studentHere are the pertinent transits Student 15 was having at the time:

This person’s career (The 10th house) and general direction in life (the Midheaven) are ruled in her birth chart by Neptune. Natally her Neptune is at 7° Capricorn. Pluto is in conjunction range of that now, so we shouldn’t be too surprised if big changes happen. Transiting Venus was passing over her South Node, and still within range of the trine to her Neptune, so we could expect not only that she would be expressing herself while at work, but that “karma” would lend a helping hand.

Most importantly, transiting Neptune is in the Sign it rules, approaching the conjunction with the Midheaven, and making a sextile to its own position in the birth chart. This is a particularly powerful combination as far as what you getting what you want with your work and career. Throw in  transiting Jupiter on top of her Venus, with Venus having a general association with “money and material well-being,” and things are looking good so far.

But it’s when we look at the chart for when she actually sent that email to open the door for that position that things get really interesting. Every action we take has a “birth chart” of its own, just like any new project you initiate, and like any birth chart tells the story.

beliefnet matthew currie electional astrologyJupiter is in the 10th house and conjunct the Midheaven. That right there makes for decent success as far as career. The Midheaven of the local chart is ruled by the Sun, and the Sun is in the 11th house of the local chart. The 10th house maybe career, but the 11th house is more specifically “money made off the career.” So it looks like this could be a good thing economically too. Uranus can be a disruption, but in the sixth house, within the context of the question, we can expect that moving to another state will cause at least a little disruption with the routines.

-The Moon is always important, and since it is the ruler of the local Ninth House (long-distance travel) it takes on special significance. The last major aspect the Moon made before the time of the e-mail was a sextile to the Midheaven – so close that it can be considered exact. The next aspect the Moon would make in this chart would be the trine to Mercury. Mercury is both the ruler of the Moon in this chart and the ruler of the 11th House, which is (again) “money made from the career.”

-One might be concerned to see Saturn arising in this charge. But Saturn is this case ruled by Pluto, which is in the third House – communications.

Now, admittedly, there may be some unforeseen circumstances yet. Mercury is very important to this chart, and if it’s in the 12th House. However it is it a sign ruled by Venus, and Venus is in a sign ruled by Mercury. This is what we call a “mutual reception,” which strengthens both. furthermore, we were trees next exact aspect, other than trying to the Moon, is a conjunction to the north node… which implies destiny is at work here somehow.

And in fact, if Destiny hadn’t been hard at work with me on that day Student 15 asked about this matter, I would have picked this time and date for her to send that e-mail. Funny how things work out sometimes, isn’t it…?

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