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Let’s All Enjoy Robin Thicke’s Pluto Square!

posted by Matthew Currie

(WARNING: Your Humble Astrologer is still in the final throes of transiting Mars square his natal Mars, and is thus still a bit prone to crankiness. You’ve been warned.)

When transiting Pluto is square where it was in your birth chart, it can represent a monumental challenge to the very core of your being. It is a long and slow transit, and it’s often hard to point at the day and say “this is the day when my Pluto Square caught up with me.” It often builds slowly and imperceptibly, until its results are suddenly impossible to ignore… a bit like a glacier sneaking up on you while you’re not looking, even though in hindsight it should have been obvious.

The Pluto Square, regardless of your age, is kind of “midlife crisis.” It can shake you to your foundations, and sometimes represents the biggest challenge you’ll ever face. People born between October 1975-March 1976 or August 1976-October 1978 are experiencing it now, and you can learn more about that transit by clicking here.

Sometimes, though, there is good to be had from it. Usually the things that are being disrupted in your life needed to be challenged anyway. Often, what you rebuild for yourself afterwards is stronger and more true.

Every once in a while, though, there is the special case where the Pluto Square… someone else’s Pluto Square, that is… can actually be a good and enjoyable thing.

Yes, folks, I’m talking about my favorite German word: schadenfreude. “Schadenfreude” is the little thrill one gets when you see something bad happen to someone who deserves it: the  guilty pleasure one gets when one sees the villain in a movie get his comeuppance, or when that jerk who was always annoying you at work get fired. As earthly delights go, schadenfreude is not one we should take pride in. But is it an undeniable part of the human experience.

For those of you who like to keep their astrology all “love and light,” please stop reading now and come back for the next blog entry. Or if you want just the astrology, skip to the part below the video.

For the rest of us, though? Let’s have a Moment Of Snark about Robin Thicke!

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No one would ever mistake an intimate knowledge of the lyrics of Top 40 hits for a degree in Women’s Studies. But even by the less than perfectly enlightened standards popular music presents, “Blurred Lines” is an epic masterpiece of objectification: an ode to the delights of a woman experiencing… ahem… diminished consent.

Furthermore, it’s just a terrible song. Being a big hit in the nightclubs does not require Shakespearean levels of wit in the lyrics, or a Mozart-like grasp of musicality. Even so, by most standards, “Blurred Lines” is a really horrid song, and it’s all the more inexplicable to me that Billboard named it “Song of the Summer” last year. Some “Songs of the summer” linger on as classics, and some drift into obscurity. Personally, I had already started to forget “Blurred Lines” 45 seconds into the first time I heard it.

That’s enough about my personal musical tastes — wait, no it’s not! Billboard, what were you thinking? You had Carly Rae Jepson, Katy Perry, and Daft Punk to choose from when it came to “Song of the Summer 2013.” Daft Punk, people!

Honestly? I’ve yet to make it all the way through “Blurred Lines” once, despite my insistence on doing thorough research for you, Dear Reader. The thing is not only immediately musically forgettable and the lyrics are terrible (when they aren’t just being offensive). So rather than subject your sensibilities to that, here instead is an infinitely more respectful, musically satisfying, artistically accomplished ode to the love between a man and woman: Robin’s dad, Alan Thicke, singing “Sweaty And Hot” at The 1988 Crystal Light National Aerobic Championship.

Frankly, it’s terrible. But it’s still better and more sincere than “Blurred Lines.”

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You’re welcome.

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And now, the astrology.

Robin Thicke was born March 10, 1977, time unknown, Los Angeles California. As a Pisces with Moon in Scorpio (we think), he can be expected to take his emotional attachments fairly seriously. The most prominent emotional attachment in his life has been that with his wife Paula Patton, born December 5, 1975, time unknown, also in Los Angeles.

The two met when he was 14 years old and had been a steady couple more or less ever since. Robin inherited his father’s musical talents and released his first album, A Beautiful World, in 2003. His first major hit with “Lost Without You” on his next album in 2006. In both cases all the songs on the album were obsessively about Paula.

Musically, Robin’s style has always been that sort of mid-tempo R&B ballad that is radio friendly without breaking any significant ground… the sort of thing that appears as the fourth or fifth song on the soundtrack of a romantic comedy. Still, everything Robin wrote seemed to be about and/or dedicated to Paula.

As Pluto entered Capricorn in 2009 there was a subtle but important shift in Robin’s work. Slightly edgier, but still dedicated to his wife. There were some hints of difficulty, but overall he still seemed pretty attached to the Missus.

Then, in 2013, Robin had his biggest hit, and the marriage promptly fell apart.

“Blurred Lines” was a gigantic hit and drew the ire of not just feminists, but in fact regular decent people everywhere. Robin’s general tone about Paula didn’t change in public though. He said she was just fine with the naked women in the video. He claimed she was perfectly okay with the idea of an “open marriage.” He said she got over it when pictures leaked of him with his hands all over some blonde socialite.

And as Robin’s Pluto Square approached the exact degree, Paula dumped him.

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So this year, Robin came out with an album that once more was completely dedicated to Paula. In fact, the title of the album is “Paula.” The entire thing is dedicated to getting her back.

“Paula,” by most people standards, had a disastrous debut. It’s a little less than 530 copies its first week in the United Kingdom. It fewer than 54 copies in Australia, where it was beaten by (among other things) a Blondie compilation and a duet from Australia’s “The Voice” doing a cover of “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Since then, it has recovered a little, but the creepy and stalker-ish collection of songs on the album is still considered a major flop.

Also, critics agree:  it’s pretty lousy, featuring such timeless lyrics as…

I gotta get her go, get her go, get her go, get her back/I gotta get her go, get her go, get her go, get her back/I gotta treat her right, I gotta cherish her for life/I gotta get her go, get her go, get her go, get her tonight

‘Cause all I wanna do/Is keep her love/Keep her love/Keep her satisfied/All I wanna do/Is make it right’Make it right/Is make you smile tonight/All I wanna do/Is give you that thing, play you that song, you and your girlfriend sing/All I wanna do/Is get you back tonight

I gotta get her go, get her go, get her go, get her back/I gotta get her go, get her go, get her go, get her back/I gotta treat her right, I gotta cherish her for life/I gotta get her go, get her go, get her go, get her tonight

Or, my favorite:

And she couldn’t be with someone like her dad/And I just rewarded her with my drunken rants

Better update the pass code on your security alarm, Paula.

Or: perhaps I’m just being too hard on the guy. Perhaps Robin has learned something from his Pluto Square.

Nah. I doubt it.

Robin Thicke’s Pluto Square has at least another year to go. Good luck, Robin. You’ll need it.

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PS: Daft Punk, people!

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Weekly Horoscope, July 14-20, 2014: Now With MORE Free Will!

posted by Matthew Currie

We are coming off of a particularly raucous Full Moon. There’s all sorts of cosmic pushing and pulling and jockeying for position going on in the coming two weeks: Jupiter enters Leo, Mars leaves Libra for Scorpio, and the Saturn Uranus quincunx is happening. Keep checking back here and I’ll have updates on those for all of you.

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Undoubtedly, many of you will be asking “why is this happening to me?” It might make it a good time for you to get a reading from an astrologer. Or, if you’re looking for a more general answer, don’t take my word for things… watch this brief video and you’ll get a partial answer from The Supreme Being Himself.

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Hope that was helpful!

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Here is your homework assignment for this week: go back and look at the state of your life in May 2007. It’s important for two reasons: first of all, Saturn is square where it was back then. Many of the same structural tensions and strains you’re facing now will be an echo of what you were facing back then. It’s also the last time there was a Saturn Uranus quincunx, so whatever variety of The Crazy your outside world was looking like then could also be reflected in your outside life now. There will likely be some clues in there as to what it is you need to face, live up to, fix, discard, or upgrade this time around.

Now, the forecast:

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

It looks like it’s going to be a fairly cheerful and bouncy week for you. Just make sure that you don’t bounce into any mind fields. Remember: just because you feel like playing doesn’t mean others necessarily do. Don’t fret though: there’s fun coming this summer.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

It’s a busy and productive week, and you can really get things done. I know, that doesn’t sound like as much fun as it could be. Just get ahead at work this week, then you’ll be able to enjoy looking over your shoulder and laughing at your coworkers as they fall behind.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Take pride in your achievements. Take pride in the many and varied people who think highly of you. And for heaven’s sake take some pride in your appearance, because everyone seems to be evaluating you this week.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

If people rubbing you the wrong way could be converted into cash, people would be rubbing you like Aladdin’s lamp all day long. Set aside your aggravations this week and rub yourself. Wait, I mean… convert your aggravations into hard work and you’ll do well.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

Your parents may have told you you’d never get rich becoming a philosophy major, but this week your ability to stick to all that “higher mind” stuff will get you through a lot of minor hassles. Eyes on the prize, and swat your problems like flies!

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

There are some weeks when you simply have to “fake it until you make it.” The good news is that, this week, that approach will be fairly successful for you. Don’t be afraid to improvise. Remember: if you look like you know what you’re doing, others will probably play along.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

Have you noticed how long you’ve been pushing to get your way with things? This week might involve a little less “pushing” and a little more “getting.” Start planning your charm offensive in the workplace now. A change is coming, but you’re building that change right now.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

Have you ever noticed how futile it is when someone tells you to “calm down,” “cheer up,” or “take it easy”? The reason people say those things is because it’s nicer than saying “sit down, shut up, and take a pill.” So I guess what I’m trying to say here is… umm… don’t worry, Scorpio, next week will be a little more sensible.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

No, you are not crazy. Everything really is starting to lighten up for you a little. People and circumstances are generally starting to play along better with you. Now like I said… you’re not crazy, so put the gun down. You can’t have your way with everything all at once.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

Your hard work speaks for itself, and there’s absolutely no reason why you should have to show off or kiss up to anyone in order to get the recognition you deserve. No reason other than, of course, people are dense. Think of it as “value enhancement” rather than “butt-smooching.”

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

There is often little point in telling an Aquarius to stay grounded, even when one needs to hear that in a week like this. So, go ahead: flap your arms and shout “I’m flying!” while you’re running around like a chicken with its head cut off this week, and see how far that gets you.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

They say that “the devil is in the details,” but if you look hard enough you might find some angels in there too. Revamping your approach to life’s daily details will have its rewards. Things you thought needed to be discarded may just need a little renovation.

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Full Moon In Capricorn 2014: Every Ending Is A Beginning

posted by Matthew Currie

This is a general forecast for everyone, but oh my dear Aries and Cancers and Libras and Capricorns, and those of you with major placements in those Signs: it is most especially for you.

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We are now in the three-day period overshadowed by the Full Moon, which peaks on Saturday. Odds are very good that, over the course of this weekend, you’re going to have to let go of something. An attitude, a hope, a relationship, your fears, your loneliness, your worries that the future will be just like your past… something’s got to give under these circumstances, and that’s okay.

Mars in Libra is making its last opposition to Uranus. Stresses and strains that been ongoing for many of you since the beginning of the year are now reaching a crescendo. Saturn and Uranus — Order and Rebellion — are stressing each other in strange ways. You may not see the full resolution of any of these issues this weekend specifically, but in a lot of ways it will be the beginning of the end. Or the end of the beginning.

You’ve been through things like this before, in one form or another. Maybe something was lost, and you rebuilt based on fear, and it is being challenged now. Maybe something was lost and you rebuilt based on reason and kindness and wisdom, and that’s being challenged now too.

Either way: it is the challenges that keep us moving through life and ultimately — it’s overcoming those challenges that make us better and stronger.

Whatever it is you’re facing, whether the challenge is internal or external, whether it is large or small, whether it is financial or mental or emotional or physical or practical: you can do this.

Astrologers tend to see the New Moon as the beginning of a cycle and the Full Moon as the ending. Even though there is some usefulness to that sort of thinking, it’s not entirely true. The Full Moon is the climax of the cycle, with a denouement that carries on for another two weeks until the next New Moon. The story continues, and you will still be the main character in it.

Just remember that sometimes something has to blow up in order for something Good to emerge from it. Remember that you can take the best of yourself with you, no matter what.

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You will travel far, my little Kal-El… but we will never leave you.

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Ask An Astrologer: My Ridiculous Love Life

posted by Matthew Currie

beliefnet mattew currie path of the wormW.E. writes, asking about scheduling a reading: Let’s be honest: my ridiculous love life and concomitant questions about What Am I Doing With Myself? are not an emergency situation (I’m not being sarcastic; I really mean that!)

Wait. Stop right there. Yes it is… in the sense that “an emergency” is something of prime importance to yourself involving circumstances that (at least appear to be) somewhat out of your control, or that you’d like to have more control over.

I wish I could remember who first said this, but a fairly well-known psychologist said something to the effect that, no matter the many stated reasons people give for seeking counselling, that ultimately “people only seek therapy for one reason: because they are unhappy.” I think people seek out an astrologer for a modified version of this. I think people consult an astrologer because they are seeking both answers to the things that are concerning them and to find some sense of larger Meaning to their lives.

I learned a lot about life watching an earthworm one afternoon in 2007, struggling through life after a rainstorm, and trapped on a vast expanse (by the worm’s standards) of concrete in my front yard. I won’t retell the whole story here, but if you’ve got a second or two to spare, I encourage you to click here and give the story a moment of your time. It was written in a burst of inspiration on a day when I was having very similar transits to those I’m having today, and having similar questions about my existence… and you, W.E., are having transits like those now too.

The long story made short, for those of you disinclined to click on the link above: one day when I was questioning the purpose of my life, I watched an earthworm show uncommon resolve and surprising intelligence in making his way through life, and at that moment, under those strange circumstances, I understood the connectedness and meaningfulness of life better than I could have by listening to a hundred sermons or biology lectures.

And synchronistically, on both that dark and rainy day in 2007 and today, facing different but similar practical and emotional challenges under different but similar transits, I heard this song:

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…which contains the lyrics

History recalls how great the fall can be
While everybody’s sleeping, the boats put out to sea
Borne on the wings of time
It seemed the answers were so easy to find
“Too late,” the prophets cry
“The island’s sinking, let’s take to the sky”…

…Which seems to reflect what I’m trying to say here in the way only a good synchronicity can. Your island may not be sinking, but it may very well feel like that at times — and there is less difference between the reality of the situation and how we feel about it than many of us realize.

Astrology isn’t going to just hand you all the answers you’ll ever need any more than spirituality or science alone can. I’m not a priest or a behavioral psychologist or a guru or a rabbi or an evolutionary biologist, and if I was I’m not any more sure I could hand you all the meaning you’d ever need on a silver platter any more than I can now. But I do know that an astrological reading can be an important, useful, and practical part of plotting your trajectory towards The Big Truths of your life. It’s a new perspective from an ancient wisdom, and sometimes it can mean a whole new beginning.

So yes, W.E., let’s book that reading.

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