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Fun With Astrology: Horsing Around With Sagittarius

posted by Matthew Currie

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As part of my ongoing campaign to make the world a happier place this month, here is a less-than-reverent look at Sagittarius.

 

 (Oh, don’t worry… there’s plenty of serious stuff to be covered in the next few weeks before the end of the year, believe me — Saturn alone is going to be worth a couple of entries. But in the meantime, let’s try to relax, shall we? Or as Sagittarius might put it: “lighten up already!”)

 

First, a short educational film.

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Now, some ideas on how to get along with your local Sagittarius

…And finally, how to help one celebrate his/her birthday.

Come back for more later… your Sign will show up eventually, and you don’t want to miss out on what others are saying about you, do you…?

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What Can Astrology Do For You?

posted by Matthew Currie
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It’s Sagittarius Season!

Okay, I admit it: things have seemed a little bleak lately.

Things haven’t exactly turned out the way I had hoped they would with some rather important events, and maybe not in your life either. And here we are, barely into December and we still have Saturn entering Sagittarius and another exact peak of The Uranus Pluto square to contend with.

*sigh*

Well, never mind that: in the next month I am going to fill these pages with as much fun and light as I can possibly squeeze in. That’s what the Winter Solstice is all about you know: struggling through to the half way point of the darkness so we can pass through the other side alive and unharmed.

Let’s start it off with an educational film about What An Astrologer Can Do For You, shall we…?

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Keep coming back for more all this month. Ho ho ho.

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Astrology, Ferguson Missouri, Michael Brown: The Unstoppable Clock

posted by Matthew Currie

FergusonMissouriWBAGE22Astrologers sometimes struggle with a certain sense of fatalism. As much as we understand the role that Free Will plays in a person’s life, we know that we can never escape some of the conditions laid down by the birth chart and by transits to it. We know when to carry an umbrella, but we can’t stop the rain.

Monday was supposed to be a quiet day. The Moon in Capricorn only made one major aspect, a peaceful sextile to Neptune. When you see conditions like that, it’s easy to forget a detail like “the Moon is also applying to a conjunction with Pluto, quincunx natal Pluto, in Ferguson Missouri’s natal chart. Fate waits to triggered into an eruption.”

So naturally, this was the day the Grand Jury in the Ferguson Missouri case of the shooting of Michael Brown decided to release their verdict. We had waited three and a half months for this, tick tock tick tock, slowly marching towards the outcome, whatever it may be.

***

One of the first toys I remember owning is the Fisher-Price Teaching Clock. It didn’t take me long to learn how to tell the time from it, but I was obsessed with the toy. You’d wind it up and it would play its tune and it would slowly wind down until it stopped.

Stop and listen now:

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The real reason I became obsessed with the toy is that my older sister, who was the keeper of all forbidden knowledge in my family, told me the words to the song it was playing. She found them for me in a book so I could read them, and sang them to me, in case the impression hadn’t sunk in deeply enough.

My grandfather’s clock was too large for the shelf,
So it stood ninety years on the floor;
It was taller by half than the old man himself,
Though it weighed not a pennyweight more.
It was bought on the morn of the day that he was born,
And was always his treasure and pride;
But it stopp’d short — never to go again —
When the old man died.

Ninety years without slumbering
(tick, tock, tick, tock),
His life’s seconds numbering,
(tick, tock, tick, tock),
It stopp’d short — never to go again —
When the old man died.

The clock played the chorus to this song. So I found myself obsessing over the toy and struggling against its very solid mid-60s construction to find a way to take it apart. Somehow I managed to cut a hole in the incredibly thick plastic covering it so I could stick my finger in and stop those hands (how I did this without injuring myself is beyond me – a steak knife was involved). I cut a hole at about the 1 o’clock position, over the picture of the grandmother with the child playing on her lap.

I could stop those hands as long as I stuck my finger in there, but I could never turn them back very far. No matter what, eventually it would start ticking again and wind down. If you wound it up again, eventually you got tired and would stop anyway.

In hindsight, this is an excellent way to raise a traditional, somewhat fatalistic astrologer. You can read the clock, but you can never stop it. You know that one day, the transits will come and collect their dues (tick, tock, tick, tock).

In hindsight, this as much as anything else was the Genesis of an Astrologer.

***

I have written about the astrology of Ferguson Missouri HERE. Have a look at it and come back for more details.

At the time the Grand Jury’s verdict was announced, the Moon was approaching the conjunction to transiting Pluto, which was exactly quincunx Pluto’s position in Ferguson’s birth chart. Transiting Mars was closely square Ferguson’s natal Mars, so there was an above-average chance for something going violently wrong. Transiting Saturn was within less than a degree of Ferguson’s natal Sun: authoritarian restrictions fall upon expression. And transiting Jupiter was trine Ferguson’s Mars and conjunct its Moon: an outburst of emotion.

The City Of Ferguson has sat patiently since November 19, 1894 awaiting this day. I’m sure there were celebrations that day in Ferguson — a picnic, a band, perhaps a parade to celebrate Incorporation Day. Hooray! Congratulations on your new city!

Regardless of all that, Ferguson was primed to feel rage on this day over a century later. As Mars set over Ferguson and the local Midheaven was square Pluto, the findings of the Grand Jury were announced.

I wish it had been different, but the gears of The Great Machine ground inexorably towards their conclusion.

God help us all.

***

I have no idea where that clock of mine got to. I probably hung onto it a lot longer than I should have. But sometimes, especially on days like this, I still hear that tune in my head, slowly winding down. (tick, tock, tick, tock)

***

Where in the great chain of existence do we look to find the cause of the death of Michael Brown, and the resulting onslaught? Individual responsibility for our actions is a good place to start, but at times like this even that most common sense of responses seems inadequate. All I know is that we need to keep trying to learn from our mistakes, to try to be better and saner humans, and to generally stop being such idiots.

The harvest one reaps from this philosophy is slim, but at least the work is steady.

Like it or not, we’ll all tend to treat today’s news from Ferguson like a Rorschach test for what we think about American Justice. I include myself in this: a few blocks from where I sit writing this now, there is still a memorial to Eric Garner, whom I saw killed by a cop, but there are still no answers and still no charges.

Tick, tock, tick, tock.

 

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Saturn: Leap From The Pod Or Die

posted by Matthew Currie

Last time, I wrote about a Scorpio with Taurus rising who is facing unusual marital circumstances (congratulations to the future and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Manson!). This time around I would like to talk about an infinitely more pleasant Scorpio with Taurus rising.

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…and for those of you who saw “True Detective,” I SWEAR it’s coincidence this is painted on the street in front of my place. I SWEAR!

(Which reminds me: if you’re getting into astrology and you see a person that has two or three factors in common with someone terrible, don’t let that prejudice you. I am a Sagittarius with Moon in Cancer, and if you ask me about people with that combination I will tell you all about Harpo Marx or Jimi Hendrix or Mos Def. I am much less likely to bring up the example of serial killer Richard Speck. I do seem to share some personality traits with the first three people I mentioned (but none of the musical talent), but I swear there are absolutely no bodies in my fridge. Well, except for that chicken, and it was that way when I found it. Honest!)

***

Anyway, the Scorpio with Taurus rising is a client of mine named Amy (okay that’s not really her name, but I’m a firm believer in anonymity). She is experiencing Saturn transiting through her Seventh House. Specifically, transiting Saturn is conjunct her natal Descendant, which is the single most important point in the chart regarding long-term relationships. Even though Saturn will be entering Sagittarius in December, thanks to a retrograde it will be conjunct her descendant until well into next year.

Saturn brings challenges wherever it goes, and Amy’s situation was challenging in the first place. You see, Amy has landed herself in one of the classic dilemmas of the Modern Age. She’s crazy in love with a guy — let’s call him Rory — and he feels the same way about her. They have great communication and get along well. The only problem is that she lives in California and he lives in Scotland. They haven’t actually met yet, although they’ve been talking for a long time. Naturally they want to meet in person. But Saturn is in a bad place for that now, isn’t it? Surely, since all astrologers cower in terror at Saturn transits, the matter is doomed isn’t it?

No. Not at all.

***

If you’ve seen Stanley Kubrick’s classic film 2001 A Space Odyssey, you know this scenario: A perfectly ordered environment run by a perfect intelligence decides for perfectly logical reasons, that the human crew has to be killed off for the sake of the mission. The lone surviving astronaut is stranded outside the ship without a helmet for his spacesuit, inside a space pod. The easy decision would probably be to sit out there for a couple of weeks and starve to death. The alternative is for the astronaut to blast himself into space and across to the ship without a helmet on, and hope he make that jump correctly and can grab another  helmet and get some air before he dies. Now that’s Saturn forcing your hand.

If you haven’t seen it before, watch this. Even if you have seen it, watch it again because Kubrick is awesome.

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Breakups aren’t easy, even with a computer

For both perfectly good logical and dramatic reasons, the astronaut decides to make the jump.

(By the way: you might wonder if someone could actually survive 14 seconds without a helmet in the vacuum of space. It appears that you probably could, although the end result would be pretty painful and damaging. We know this because the US Air Force performed a bunch of experiments on the matter with chimps in the 1960s. Remember that next time you’re complaining about your job: at least you aren’t a chimp working for the US Air Force in the 1960s.)

***

Astrologically, if Amy waits for the all-clear signal from Saturn, she’s going to be waiting for nearly a year. Yes, Saturn passing over one’s Descendant is a difficult time to form a long-term relationship. That’s true. But what are you supposed to do, sit around and wait? Is another year really going to make the outcome any better? Nope.

Consider this: this situation is in many ways fraught with potential peril, and even if things work out as perfectly as they could, there will still be difficulty.

-If Amy goes to Scotland and meets Rory in person and everything is absolutely wonderful, there is still the matter of Amy packing up her life and moving to another country. Saturn brings difficulty, and that would certainly be difficult… but still, a happy ending.

-If Amy goes to Scotland and something goes wrong, that’s obviously bad news. That sort of thing can happen: people can bond on the Internet and by long-distance, but it is undeniable that there are things one can only tell from in-person experience in a relationship. For one thing, a relationship has to pass the smell test… literally. Biochemistry cannot be ignored.

-Then there is the most likely outcome of all: suppose Amy and Rory meet and discover they do love each other and want to be together, but discover that they are also in fact human beings with all the flaws that come with that condition? Believe me. In my experience, relationships are most likely to fail because one or both parties are in fact human beings. Such creatures should be approached with extreme caution only.

-Finally, Amy could just sit back and put things off for another year. And how burdensome and terrible would that be?

Thanks a lot, Saturn.

***

Astronaut David Bowman eventually got back on the ship and took control of the situation with some manual adjustments to the computer. He then went on to a far more amazing outcome than any of the scenarios that NASA had predicted.

Now: take a deep breath and jump out of the pod, Amy. You know you want to. It won’t be perfect, but it might just be amazing.

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