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Astrology Of The 2016 Oscars, Part Two: Night Of A Thousand Scars

posted by Matthew Currie

beliefnet astrology matthew currie 2016 oscars(Part One, in which I discuss the Pluto Opposition of The Academy Awards, is HERE.)

By now you’ve probably heard about the big Oscar boycott this year. I’m not here to venture an opinion on that – although I believe those protesting have a point. On Twitter and elsewhere, #oscarssowhite is just going to get more popular as we approach February 28th, which is when the award ceremony happens.

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Anyone who has been a big fan of the Oscars as I have for as long as I’ve been has their complaints. Some people like to nitpick the outfits on the red carpet before hand. Others like to complain about the length of the ceremony. Me? I can’t believe we live in a universe where Martin Scorsese got passed over for Best Director for Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Casino, Bringing Out The Dead… and then wins for The Departed?

That ain’t right.

I probably won’t be making any public pronouncements about who wins which award, because frankly my bias is too strong. But a look at the birth chart for the 2016 Academy Awards ceremony itself is pretty revealing as to how the show might go. This sort of thing is what’s called mundane astrology, and as I have shown here before, it can be pretty revealing. And believe me: the birth chart for this year’s Oscars ceremony is jam-packed with excitement, and not the usual award show excitement either.

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It’s interesting to note that politics and philosophy and entertainment and glamour can all be ruled by the same two planets: Jupiter and Neptune. Both planets are particularly charged up for Oscar evening, and maybe that doesn’t come as a surprise. But the aspect those planets are receiving look like they’re indicating a less than perfectly smooth and polite evening.

Jupiter is conjunct the North Node in the local First House at the beginning of the ceremony, and is sextile Mars in Scorpio… so it seems that everyone will be in a loud and outspoken mood, and probably won’t care about the consequences. Even more telling: there is a very close Sun-Neptune conjunction in the 7th House, close to the Descendant. The Seventh in an event chart like this can represent “how we relate to others,” which in this case would be the audience. It’s also worth noting that the Sun-Neptune conjunction will be in the local Sixth House for the first couple of hours or so for the ceremonies, which could lead to an increased risk of technical glitches. And for bonus points: the Midheaven of the Oscar Ceremony is ruled by Mercury, and the Moon is approaching the exact square to that Mercury at the beginning of the ceremony.

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So, yes: as Academy Award shows go, this year’s ceremony appears to be loaded with plenty of possibilities for awkwardness and controversy.

One always has to be cautious about making predictions regarding a person or subject one has a personal emotional investment in. Predictive work is hard enough even if one is objective about the subject. This is one of the reasons you won’t be seeing any comments about politics here. I realize that if I love Candidate X and despise Candidate Y, it’s going to affect the accuracy of my interpretation. I have my opinions, and like everyone else I like to think I’m right. In fact, when it comes to predictions, it’s my job to be right… but I admit I’m human.

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Now, having said that: if George Miller doesn’t win Best Director this year, something is terribly, terribly wrong with The Universe, and I don’t care what the astrology says.

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Astrology Of The 2016 Academy Awards: Oscar’s Pluto Opposition

posted by Matthew Currie

FirstOscarCeremony1929WRIGC4The Academy Awards 2016 ceremony promises to be the usual pageant of glamour and excess and congratulations and egos, and all the things we have come to expect from it. But this year the Oscars are facing an unusual astrological challenge: its Pluto Opposition.

Opposition transits can be all kinds of stressful. The one we’re most familiar with is the Saturn Opposition (which doesn’t get as much press as the Saturn Return, but can suck nonetheless). Even the little ones, like your Sun Opposition (which happens to everyone once a year, six months after their birthday) and the Moon Opposition (which happens once a month) can be tense: they don’t portend bad news in and of themselves, but can make a difficult time even more challenging.

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We all face a Sun, Mercury and Venus opposition once a year (but that’s variable, and thanks to retrogrades you can actually have two or three Mercury or Venus Oppositions in a year). The Mars Opposition happens roughly once every 18 months, Jupiter Oppositions happen once every six years, and Saturn oppositions hit us every 14 years. And hey… live right and eat your veggies and you’ve got a decent chance to make it to your Uranus Opposition around the age of 84 or 85. Each of these transits is a reflection of the nature of that planet in your Birth Chart: for a day or so every month, you’re going to be a little more emotional than usual when your Moon Opposition hits, your energy levels and sex drive will go wobbly when the Mars Opposition hits and so on. But what the heck could a Pluto Opposition mean?

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(A few of you eagle-eyed science fans out there may be thinking “hey… if Pluto has an orbit of 248 years, how can the Oscars be having their Pluto Opposition if this is only the 88th year for them?” Good question, and here’s the answer: Pluto doesn’t have a perfectly circular orbit, and the closer a planet gets to the Sun the faster it moves. Pluto only takes about ten years to get through Scorpio, but around thirty years to go through Taurus.)

We don’t have a whole lot of hands-on experience with Pluto Oppositions because of this orbit, and the fact that it was only discovered in 1930. But based on our knowledge of both Pluto and how oppositions work, we shouldn’t be too surprised if this year represents some kind of “life and death struggle” … or at the very least, the culmination of a life and death struggle… in some sense, for the Academy Awards.

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Backing this contention are the other transits the Oscars Chart is having. It’s pretty difficult to determine a birth chart for an abstract concept like “show business,” but the Academy Awards Ceremonies in general have a very distinct “date of birth”: May 16th, 1929 in Beverly Hills, California. I haven’t been able to find an exact time of “birth” for the Awards, but a couple of hours of digging through the Internet (oh, the things I do for my Dear Readers!) reveals that the first Awards were likely presented around 9 PM, after the gala dinner. The first Oscar Awards had Sun conjunct Jupiter in Taurus, both ruled by Venus in Aries, so we shouldn’t be surprised that they had a “feed me first” approach back then.

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If we take that first Ceremony as the “birth” of the Oscars Ceremony in general, that birth chart is having some really stressful transits this year. Transiting Uranus is conjunct the natal Venus, and since Venus rules the show’s Sun and Jupiter this could be particularly disruptive and unpredictable. As of February 28th, 2016… when this year’s Ceremony will happen… transiting Saturn will be square the natal Moon in Virgo and opposed the natal Mercury in Gemini. If this was a person instead of an abstract concept, that person would likely be facing a major emotional crisis — one that this person would have a hard time thinking his/her way out of. Also, if I’m right about the “time of birth” for the Oscars, Mercury is the ruler of Oscar’s Seventh House… “partnerships” (or in the case of an awards ceremony, “the audience”). None of this spells good news for the 2016 Oscars.

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That, and in a time of increasingly fragmented movie markets, an Oscar Boycott is brewing.

NEXT TIME: The chart for the 2016 Academy Awards Ceremony. Will everything go smoothly? HINT: I wouldn’t be writing a Part Two to this article if they were, would I?

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(Not) The Astrology Of (Maybe) Planet X

posted by Matthew Currie

beliefnet astrology matthew currie planet xFacebook — where we all get our news from since the collapse of real-world society somewhere around 2010 — is abuzz with the news that our Solar System is probably home to an undiscovered planet roughly the size of Neptune. As a long time fan of astronomy, I am both delighted and unmoved by this news story, but as an astrologer I am actively annoyed… not by the planet, but by the reaction of many astrologers and astrology enthusiasts I’ve seen out there.

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First, I’ll tell you why I’m not convinced by the science (yet), and then I’ll get on with the business of alienating many of the fine people in my line of work. Sorry folks, love and light and all that, but y’all gotta calm down.

There have been many searches for a Ninth Planet in our Solar System (or a Tenth Planet, before Pluto was demoted — but you all know in your hearts Pluto is a planet). Once every few years someone sits down and does some hard math and comes to the conclusion that the orbits of the planets (or other bodies) can’t be completely explained by the mass of the known planets, therefore there must be another one out there, far in the Cheap Seats of our Solar System. This method has worked before: studying the orbit of Uranus lead to the discovery of Neptune, and studies of Neptune’s orbit lead to the discovery of Pluto. Ironically, that was essentially a miscalculation — a mistake in the calculations lead to the belief that something much more massive was out there.

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The “big news” of the “discovery” of Planet X is one of those things that resurfaces every few years: someone releases a paper indicating there may be something like that out there, and then a month or two later someone else crunches the numbers or makes other observations and Planet X goes back to non-existence. Even though the evidence looks good this time, it has looked good previously and nothing came of it. I’m going to play the odds and wait for more data, and so should you.

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Now, what does all this have to do with astrology? Nothing really… except that an awful lot of astrologers I know are already speculating about what “Planet X” “rules.” Okay, first of all, I’ve given you my Grumpy Old Man rant about why I don’t use asteroids and other such bits of cosmic gravel in my readings previously. Here it is: click and have a look. 

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To all my dear friends and colleagues I say, from the bottom of my heart and with nothing but Pure Love for all of you: cut that crap out right now.

I say this for two reasons. First of all, there are all my objection to fetishizing asteroids that I wrote about in my previous entry on the matter. But beyond that, there’s one reason specific to this Planet X that also applies: the planet in question (if it exists at all) only goes around the Sun something like once every 10 to 20 thousand years. Imagine for a moment that Planet X is real, and that it is now somewhere around 15 degrees Taurus. This means that you have more or less exactly the same Planet X placement as your parents, and your grandparents, and their grandparents, and theirs, and Abraham Lincoln. You might have to go back past Julius Caesar to find someone who didn’t have Planet X in Taurus.

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This doesn’t mean that a mostly-immobile point has no use in a birth chart. The Fixed Stars, as they are called, are incredibly useful and informative… but still aren’t nearly as useful as the actual planets to an astrological interpretation. They are the garnish that can pull a dish together, but no one in their right mind would serve a dish made primarily of parsley.

So come on, Astro-People… enough of the wild speculation. We still have Saturn to deal with.

(This has been an installment in the “Cranky Astrologer” Series. Installments will be presented as annoyances arise.)

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Pisces: Highly Absorbent

posted by Matthew Currie

beliefnet astrology matthew currie piscesHi, I’m Vince for Pisces! You’ll be saying “wow” every time you get involved with one! It’s like a chamois! It’s like a towel! It’s like a sponge! Most people just can’t soak up this much raw sentiment and guilt! Pisces holds twenty times its weight in tears.

Look at this! (wrings Pisces out over a bucket labelled “Emotional Trauma”) Holy cow, can Pisces ever take it!

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Why would you want to work twice as hard, emotionally, with anything else? You have issues? Pisces will soak ‘em up for you. You can make it feel like it’s all Pisces’ fault, and Pisces wrings out good as new! (Bashes Pisces flat against the counter-top) Look at that! Completely dry and ready for more of the same!

Here’s some cola, anger, wine, infidelity, coffee, accusations, and pet stains. Whatever you bring home, Pisces will mop it up and come back for more. Take a Pisces home with you tonight! Marry one! Better yet: get one for your home, and keep one the side at the office. They’ll both blame themselves for your bad behavior! You following me, camera guy? No other sign’s gonna put up with your crap quite like that! Look! I just blamed my drug habit on Pisces… and Pisces takes it! And look, Pisces is still empathizing! It acts like a vacuum! And yet Pisces still thinks I’m cute! See what I’m telling ya?*

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Pisces! You’ll be saying: make mine Fishy!

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*WARNING: Performance varies based on Mars placement. May be toxic depending on Ascendant. Basing product performance based on Sun Sign placement is potentially hazardous.

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