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Venus In Gemini: Something To Talk About

posted by Matthew Currie

So now that Venus is entering Gemini and leaving Taurus (which it rules) you might think this could affect your love life for the worse. That’s not necessarily so, for three reasons. First of all, you’ve got to keep in mind the aspects any transiting planet makes your own birth chart. Secondly: I personally feel that Venus in Gemini is a tragically underrated placement. And finally: Venus rules a lot more than just your love life. It also has a lot to do with money and luxury and comforts and loafing around rather than getting stuff done.

Now you know why Venus is so at home in Taurus.

Learning how to work with the current astrological conditions can make your life a better and more effective place. It’s what makes astrology practical and useful rather than simply being a novelty act. So let’s do that with Venus, shall we?

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There is an entire subculture out there dedicated to a notion that is variously known as “speed seduction” or “pick up artistry.” It is a combination of neurolinguistic programming techniques, salesmanship, and a touch of flat-out creepiness that is dedicated to the notion that any guy can pick up women quickly, easily, and repeatedly by simply using the right words and making the right gestures at the right time. Like most things that sound too good to be true, it’s mostly too good to be true. However, there is some small truth to it. It’s no secret that people can be swayed in their opinions or actions by the right words at the right time. In my experience, when Venus is in Gemini these principles work a little better than usual. Gemini has a natural association with communication and verbal persuasiveness.

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If you’ve ever watched a Gemini talk him or herself out of (or into) an awkward situation, you know exactly what I mean.

But please people: do NOT use your gift of gab for nefarious purposes. Personally I see no harm in using your newfound charms to increase your possibility of getting a date or negotiating a raise or improving your sales at work.

So: in my next blog entry only we will be outlining for you the exact dates Venus is making specific aspects to other planets before it leaves Gemini.

After all: astrology should be useful, right? I’ll be teaching an online Introductory Astrology course soon where. among other things, I will be showing students how they can make the current transits work to their advantage. Now, don’t you wish you’d signed up for that? Maybe there’s time. Write me and find out.

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See? Salesmanship!

NEXT TIME: The details on the specific dates to best use the persuasive charms of Venus and Gemini and/or when to avoid being talked into something you’d rather not do.

Until then, here’s the song…

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Let’s Provoke Mars In Taurus From A Safe Distance

posted by Matthew Currie

Mars is now in the early degrees of Taurus, and will stay there until May. Mars in Taurus has several excellent uses: it’s earthy, sensuous, and tends to have a long fuse until it blows up. On the other hand, traditionally astrologers consider Taurus a less-than-great place for Mars. Sure, Mars is relatively slow to explode in that Sign, but the things that will light its fuse tend to be emotional and hard to predict…. and once it blows, it tends to keep blowing. Mars in Taurus energy is relatively difficult to find a practical outlet for, unless what your life really needs is a machete rampage. Really though, you should ask yourself “is a machete rampage the best solution to this situation?”

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No, really. Put the machete down and ask yourself that.

As mentioned last time, anyone born between the mid-50s and mid-90s will experience Mars in Taurus provoking their Uranus and/or Neptune and/or Pluto, which will make for a couple of days of edginess depending on your age and the rest of your birth chart. But other than that, here are some important dates for you to keep in mind while Mars is in Taurus. I’ve listed the exact dates each of the major aspects it will make, but add a couple of days before and afterwards just to be safe.

April 17: Mars square Jupiter

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Mars square Jupiter is one of those days when (literally or figuratively) someone’s blood pressure is going to blow. You might be feeling particularly optimistic. You might find yourself suddenly becoming more ambitious. This aspect might give you the strength to overcome some particularly difficult obstacles, or you might just lose it completely and go ape on someone or something. Jupiter amplifies anything it aspects, and Mars in Taurus doesn’t really need any amplifying, thank you very much.

April 21-22: Mars trine Pluto, Mars conjunct Mercury

This is an excellent time to firmly (yet cautiouly) assert yourself via your words and ideas. It’s also an excellent time to open up your big yap and start a fight. Consider your goals, your target audience, and your alcohol levels before doing either.

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April 28: Mars sextile Chiron

This could be an excellent time to confront the people and situations which caused you deep emotional harm in your past. Remember back in the 80s when it was popular to kidnap people from cults and deprogram/brainwash them into not being cult members anymore? People stopped doing that because, ultimately, it didn’t work. Contemplate that before you tie your mom to a chair in a motel room for a week screaming at her about that pony you didn’t get.

May 1: Venus semisexile Mars

What the heck is a “semisextile,” anyway?

I was a fat kid. Like, really fat. Every year they do have with the cold Field Day at school where everyone competed in various physical events, but of course I was never good enough to win anything. Nothing except tug-of-war anyway. I learned how to use my mass to my advantage for that one.

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Anyway: despite this I always walked away from Field Day with more than one ribbon. The ribbons all said PARTICIPATED rather than WINNER or FIRST PLACE or even FIFTH PLACE. They do that sort of thing with kids just to boost their self-esteem apparently: give ‘em something resembling an award for simply participating, and maybe no one will notice that the fat kid just isn’t all that suited to athletics.

That’s with the semisextile is, as far as astrological aspects go. It’s the “yes, you are an aspect too” award. It is when two planets that are 30° apart. Unlike than the square (which indicates an energetic but challenging connection) or the trine (which indicates a harmonious synergy between the two planets involved, the semisextile is more like “we were stuck in the same lineup and talked for ten minutes, and didn’t particularly get on each other’s nerves.”

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I only mention this aspect because it’s a semisextile between Venus and Mars, and that’s usually good for getting frisky with romance and such. Yowza.

May 11: Mars enters Gemini.

Everyone is too exhausted from head-butting over their aggression and decide to just talk about it– or at least shout about it across the bar — instead. With Mars opposite Saturn for the next few days after it enters Gemini, good luck with that!

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Mars In Taurus: No Pushing

posted by Matthew Currie

Why is this article about Mars in Taurus appearing a few days late? Because Mars in Taurus does things on its schedule, not yours buddy. I’m in character, okay?

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Mars is the planet that provides the most “push” in your chart. A lot of where and how that “pushing” happens depends on the Sign your Mars is in, and whatever Sign it is in at any given time tells us about the nature of much of the pushing that’s happening at that time.

Astrologers have never been big fans of Mars in Taurus. Sure, Bulls are powerful and muscular, and Mars likes that. But they’re also fairly stubborn and would rather lie around and do nothing but eat rather than get to work. Prompting a Bull to take action is potentially pretty dangerous. And if you don’t know this for yourself, go ahead and check it with any rancher you may know: BULLS REACT BADLY WHEN YOU GET BEHIND THEM AND PUSH THEM TO GO FASTER.

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Do so and you’ll find that moving Mars in Taurus from its position, once it has made its mind up, is like moving a glacier with a soup spoon. In theory it may be possible, but I’ll bet you anything you get tired of it before the glacier does.

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You know what? Never mind. I’m just going to sit on this and sulk for a while until Mars in Gemini in May and keep the Mars in Taurus forecast to myself. I don’t have to share anything if I don’t want to.

Oh wait — cookies! Writing these blog entries helps me buy cookies! Okay. Just don’t get pushy, okay?

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You see, glaciers move incredibly slowly. At first you might look at this situation and think: “hey this thing is moving so slowly that I really could move it with a soup spoon, one little bit at a time.” Then you might look thoughtfully down at your soup spoon and think “yeah… just a little determination and this will work great!”

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Get back to me after about a week of that and let me know how that’s working for you okay?

Of course, the effects of Mars in Taurus will depend on the various placements and your own birth chart. But know this: somewhere there is stubbornness to be encountered. For better or worse, it’s going to be there.

Example: in the case of my own chart, Mars in Taurus will (overall) be a much more of a good thing that a bad thing. Even so: I am prepared for some of the illusion puncturing power of Mars in Taurus to hit, because it will at some point in the next month or so be opposite my Neptune. Do you personally need to worry about the effects of Mars in Taurus? Maybe not “worry” but at least be aware of? Well for one thing: if you were born anywhere between the mid-1950s and the mid-1990s, Mars in Taurus will be opposing your Uranus or Neptune or Pluto at some point in the next month or so. That alone is bound to cause a few edgy days for you.

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There is an excellent chance that this Bull Mars will bring you something good. But even so: there’s a good chance that something will also be trampled.

To all my friends and clients with other significant placements in Scorpio, or Leo or Aquarius, I salute you. I know you’ll make it through just fine. And you Tauruses out there? We’ll just have to keep the heck out of your way.

Let’s play the music for that shall we?

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The Eclipses That Ate Zayn Malik

posted by Matthew Currie

beliefnet astrology matthew currie zayn malikFull disclosure: by popular culture standards, I’m an old guy. Like old guys everywhere, I tend to look down my nose at whatever music is popular with teenagers these days. In all fairness though, I always have, even when I was a teenager myself. Frankly, it’s the astrology and not the music that has me looking at Zayn Malik today, because his case is a fantastic example of how transits can spell trouble for a person, especially when Eclipses are thrown into the mix.

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Also, kids… when I was your age I used to look down my nose at Duran Duran. Sure, “Hungry Like The Wolf” was catchy as anything, but after that point they started to annoy me. (Ask your mother who Duran Duran was if this name doesn’t ring any bells. Then ask her how much aerosol hairspray she used back then, and what happened to the ozone layer as a result.)

Speculating about who or what broke up a band is as old as time itself, or at least as old as the Beatles and Yoko Ono. (Ask your grandmother who those were if the names don’t ring any bells. Then ask her why her generation promised us a peaceful rebellion that would make the world a better place, but things still totally suck.) In this case though, the cause is pretty obvious: the planets that brought One Direction together are pulling them apart, at least in the case of Zayn.

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Nonetheless, despite my old-coot status, news about Zayn Malik (who recently quit the band One Direction, has caught my attention) and the astrology involved is incredibly revealing. First of all: this is a classic case of the Uranus-Pluto square both giving and taking away. He first reached public fame in April of 2010, when Pluto was sextile his Ascendant, and he auditioned for X Factor. And — get this — when One Direction formed that autumn, transiting Uranus was at 29 degrees Pisces — right where the last Solar Eclipse was a couple of weeks ago.

Since then, he has left the group, 50,000 Twitter followers un-followed him, a new single was released on the Internet then taken down, and all references to him have been removed from One Direction’s stage show. Whoa.

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Now? Uranus is square his Mercury (ruler of his Seventh House — partnerships) and Pluto is conjunct his natal Uranus-Neptune conjunction, and the Lunar Eclipse is square that Mercury. Ouch.

But now here’s the kicker: his Midheaven — indicator of career — is ruled by Jupiter. And the April 4 lunar eclipse is happening exactly on the is Jupiter. Some people will tell you that it affects of an eclipse can be felt before the actual event itself. That’s verging on being a little too mind-bending for my tastes, but this would appear to be an example of exactly that. Even without that, it’s pretty obvious that the next few months of Zayn’s public life are likely to be a little tumultuous

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So: this is a story I’ll be keeping an eye on as it develops over the next few months, and that Eclipse remains in effect until the next set of Eclipses in the fall. Eclipses bring surprises — and not all surprises are inherently bad, are they?

See now? Your transits don’t seem so bad, do they? Well, at least they aren’t happening in the public eye…

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