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matthew currie astrology new album“When you hear about slavery for 400 years… for 400 years? That sounds like a choice.”

Wait… what?

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Kanye West, born June 8th 1977 in Atlanta Georgia is having some difficult transits lately. There’s some controversy over his time of birth: the most commonly accepted chart has him having been born at 8:45 AM, and I think the validity of this chart is being put to the test now, and will be even more so in June and July.

Regardless of the time of birth, we know he has a Venus Mars conjunction in early Taurus, and transiting Uranus is quickly approaching the conjunction with that point. That, and the beginning of his Uranus opposition, could certainly lead to some erratic behavior.

“I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will… My point is for us to have stayed in that position even though the numbers were on our side means that we were mentally enslaved.”

Oh, um… okay then…?

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Let’s be upfront about this: I dislike Kanye West as both a person and an artist. If I enjoyed his work I would probably be more forgiving. But, full disclosure: I’ve had a grudge against him since 2007 when he took my favorite Daft Punk song, talked over it about himself, and somehow got nominated for various awards by doing so.

Then again, I’m a fan of The Last Jedi too. Make of this what you will.

Let’s not forget that being deliberately obnoxious can actually be a useful marketing strategy. Suppose you are a plumber, and it best a mediocre one with a forged diploma from Plumbing School. So you decide to base all of your advertising on how terrible and how fraudulent every other plumber is (except you of course, because you are God’s gift to Plumbing). Sure, you’re going to repel eight out of ten people with that kind of behavior. Another one out of those 10 people just won’t care either way.

But that tenth person is going to be impressed with how bold you are, or perhaps they will like you for the same reason that people still watch professional wrestling. If that person needs their toilet unclogged, they’re going to give you a call. And you show up in their bathroom, look up “how to fix a toilet” on wikiHow, and managed to get the job done. In that tenth person’s mind that just reinforces your brilliance. And of course if you screw up the job and that person gets angry at you, you can run around publicly declaring how they try to rip you off, or you can claim that the plumbing in your home was badly designed in the first place, or whatever.

Multiply that one person by the size of your total market, and you’re a fully-employed jackass. Congratulations!

I suspect this principle is part of what has led to Kanye West’s fame and fortune — but that may just be me. Is it easier to be offended by someone if you don’t like them in the first place? It’s certainly easier to see the flaws in the birth chart of someone you don’t like, and even though I rail against it all the time, I’m probably not completely immune to that sort of thing.

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Transiting Neptune is now almost exactly conjunct Kanye’s natal Moon, and that conjunction will be exact on June 1st this year, the day he says he will be releasing a new seven-track album. He also has another album that he produced for Nas coming out that month. It should be noted that transiting Saturn was exactly square Kanye’s Moon in November 2016 when he was hospitalized for exhaustion. The Neptune transit isn’t lending him a lot of stability either.

June appears to be the time when we will finally be able to test the validity of Kanye West’s reported time of birth. If the commonly accepted 8:45 in the morning first time is correct, his Midheaven is at almost 4 degrees Aries, and its ruler is at 1 degree Taurus. That means that in June Saturn will be square Kanye’s Midheaven, and Uranus will be conjunct his Midheaven ruler, Mars.

Those would look to be fairly terrible overall for career stuff. So let’s wait and see how this all pans out. In the meantime, aren’t you proud of me for not focusing on how ridiculous that statement he made was?

PS: If slavery was a choice, then the Nat Turner slave uprising was actually the “Nat Turner customer service issue,” and the Amistad was a poorly-planned vacation cruise that, had it happened today, would have gotten terrible Yelp ratings.

Okay, I’m done.

COMING THIS JUNE: Kanye And Me, Part II: A Test Of Objectivity

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