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Moon In Cancer And The Pants Of Power

posted by Matthew Currie

Once one gets beyond the basics of Sun Sign astrology, you will learn that a person’s birth chart – like people themselves – are a lot more complex. You could spend your entire life studying the many complex interactions between the planets, the Signs they are in, and the aspects they form to each other. And a good place to start your astrological Higher Education is with the Moon Sign.

The Sun is essential to your being, but the Moon is no less important. It represents your gut instincts. It is your basic emotional responses. Understanding a person’s Sun Sign is one thing, but understanding their Sun and Moon Signs and how they work together (or not) will give you a much more complete picture of the person you’re looking at.

By way of illustration, I would like to use an example I normally avoid talking about too much in public: myself.

I have Sun in Sagittarius, but also have Moon in Cancer right on my Ascendant. That Moon is hanging right out there front and center in my birth chart, and this is not always the most comfortable place for any Moon, let alone Moon in Cancer. If you read any of the stock descriptions of Sun in Sagittarius and Moon in Cancer, they are inherently very different. One wants to get the party started, and the other wants to call a cab. One is dancing on the roof and the other is hiding under the bed.

In many ways over the course of my life, I have lived up to the standard expectations of Sun in Sagittarius. I no longer live in the country I was born in, have a certain sense of adventure, love different languages and cultures, and have a certain freewheeling lack of self-discipline, and tend am pretty darned disorganized (sorry Virgos and Capricorns).

However, having Moon in Cancer right on my Ascendant puts an entirely different spin on the matter. That is a placement known for its extreme sensitivity, for not being so pleased with going on wild adventures, and for being a bit of a homebody. In some ways, I spend a fair a mount of time horrified at myself.

In the last few years of my life I’ve felt like I haven’t lived out the potentials of my Moon Sign as much as I should have. There have been moves and adventures aplenty, but my Moon kind of felt… unsatisfied. Yes, I work out of my home, and Moon in Cancer likes that sort of thing. But I’ve felt a little too much like I’ve been living on the edge the last few years.

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Look on my pants, ye Mighty, and despair!

That is: until I discovered my Pants of Power.

You see, these are no ordinary pants. They are in fact “Pajama Jeans.” They are made of cotton, like standard pajamas, but are printed with a pattern to make them look like blue jeans. Well, they look like blue jeans until you get close enough to examine them carefully, but frankly my Moon in Cancer doesn’t want people on the street getting that close to me anyway. And boy are they comfortable. Moon in Cancer has a particular appreciation of the tactile sense.

Now, normally you might think Moon in Cancer would be sensitive to the possible snickers and looks of derision that a pajama-based lifestyle might draw from society. However, when it is combined with the bold pioneering spirit of Sagittarius… well, whatever pal. I’m cozy.

I believe I will now be ditching my entire wardrobe from the waist down and substituting all of my pants for Pajama Jeans. They’re cozy and they pair well with my wide selection of black science fiction- and heavy metal-themed t shirts. Then, between that and ordering my food and supplies online to be delivered, I can just keep working and working from home and never go out and never have to face the terrors of interacting with people ever again! I will build a perfect self-employed work-at-home fortress around myself! I will be insulated! I will be –

Yeah, okay. Maybe we shouldn’t forget about the Sun Sign too much. You’ve got to have some balance. I still need to get out and roam around a lot.

But at least now, I’ll be doing so in comfort.

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Before The Eclipse: Waiting For The Hammer To Fall

posted by Matthew Currie

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Ask any medical student: at some point or another they usually end up believing they have some strange rare disease or something that they’ve read about. “I thought it was just a hangover, but maybe it’s Chagas Disease!” It’s virtually a universal human trait: you can only spend so long looking at the possible disasters before you start believing in one. Astrologers are prone to this sort of thing too. One of the great joys in my line of work has been teaching it, and one thing I can count on is hearing from an old student, typing away at three in the morning, worried about the South Node conjunct their secondary progressed Mercury during a Void of Course Moon, or something.

As I write this, the clock is ticking down to the first of October’s two Eclipses. I’ve already done my best to defuse a few people’s concerns over that matter. Yes I know Eclipses have a big scary reputation, but as I’ve said before: they don’t operate on their own, but within the context of other transits. They bring Bonus Surprises, perhaps… but they always happen within the context of the current storyline being woven by the interaction of the birth chart and transits. So if there’s no storm on the horizon, there’s little need to worry about one sneaking up on you.

But — having said that — I’m reminded of how many times the little transits from the Sun or Moon can be the first pebbles that start the Eclipse Avalanche.

I don’t usually write that much about my personal life here — it’s barely my business, let alone anyone else’s — but I thought I’d make an exception today for illustrative purposes. Astrology is not supposed to be about cowering in terror, waiting for the Divine Hammer to fall. Just as paying too much attention to your health can lead to hypochondria, staring for too long at one’s own birth chart can be a practice that goes wrong. But like many of you I’m feeling Saturn transit over my Neptune and despite the fact that there are many good things in my life right now… there’s also a certain mood hanging over everything.

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I mention all this simply because I want you all to be as relieved (yet unsurprised) as I am when I’m back here, tomorrow, in one piece… just like I know I will be… and you will be too. In the meantime, stay calm and adapt any way that suits you. Find comfort in the presence of a loved one. Pray. Meditate. Light a candle. Watch a favorite movie. Call a friend. You’ve been through worse before, and you’ll make it through this just fine. If you’re worried about your future because of the Eclipses, or your transits, you can find your way to, as they say, keep calm and carry on.

We all have our ways of coping with – Oh look… the liquor store is still open!

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Astrology Ebola Neptune Ebola Panic Saturn Ebola Panic Ebola!!

posted by Matthew Currie

ALL RIGHT PEOPLE… SETTLE DOWN.

Sometimes it’s an astrologer’s job to describe to a person the potential they were born with. Sometimes it’s an astrologer’s job to outline the challenges lie ahead. And sometimes it’s an astrologer’s job to lend a certain larger perspective to life. This is one of those times.

Without even looking at your birth chart, let me make a bold prediction: you will not die of Ebola.

I’ve watched with a degree of horror and fascination in the past few months how the news coverage of the current outbreak of Ebola has grown. Not horror at the disease itself, mind you. I am a long-standing medical geek from way back who knew all about Ebola and the Marburg virus and chikungunya (look it up) long before the general public had heard of them, thank you, and I got over my fear a long time ago.

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Also, it’s not Lupus.

In our modern, hygienic, antiseptic, and well-treated world, we are not as familiar with outbreaks of disease as we used to be. Many of you probably don’t even know anyone in person who died of a communicable disease. And yet it was less than a century ago that the Spanish Flu killed something like 3 to 6 percent of the world’s population. Stop and think about that for a moment.

We’ve been relatively blessed the last few decades, in part because of improved sanitation, more information, and better medicine. And personally, I’m willing to bet that those things, more than anything else, will prevent Ebola from becoming a worldwide pandemic.

I’ve tried to find something astrological to say about all this, but it’s difficult. It might be fun to blame Saturn in Scorpio, or the upcoming eclipses, or whatever – but the truth is that Saturn is in Scorpio every 28 years, eclipses happen all the time, and those factors alone can’t be to blame for an outbreak of disease.

“Mundane astrology” is the observation of how world events affect specific places and groups of people. Take a look at my work on Ferguson Missouri to see how that works. Other astrologers have pointed out that this or that factor may be involved with the current outbreak of Ebola, but they have more to say about it than I do.

Here is my contribution to the astrology of Ebola:

People like to blame the Saturn or Pluto for the scary things in life, and often that’s the case. But Neptune is the planet most responsible for delusions, and paranoia is a form of delusion. Neptune is now in Pisces, and will be there for many years. Neptune rules Pisces, and is thus stronger than average… certainly stronger than it has been in your lifetime or mine, as it’s such a slow planet.

We live in a more connected world than ever, where people can share their thoughts and ideas and physical presence with each other easier than ever before. Overall, I like to think that’s a good thing. But part of the downside is that a disease that breaks out in Africa can make it to your neck of the woods more quickly and more easily than ever before.

Another part of the downside to that is it is easy to share and amplify your delusions and paranoia. It used to be that if you thought that such-and-such was happening because of a nefarious Illuminati plot to depopulate the world so that Big Pharma could make more money (and will someone explain to me how that supposed to work anyway?), you’d have to look long and hard to find other paranoids to network with. Now, anything you want to be afraid of is only a few clicks away. Thank you Google!

That’s the other thing about a more interconnected world, and about Neptune in Pisces. It gives us a chance to dream bigger, and to spread our concerns even further beyond our own little individual lives.

I wonder if are smart enough as a species to take advantage of that?

So: wash your hands and don’t let anyone cough on you. You will be fine. Now, stop worrying and broaden your horizons.

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The Astrology Of The October 2014 Eclipses

posted by Matthew Currie

October features two Eclipses: a Lunar Eclipse on the 8th in Aries and Libra, and another on the 23rd at the beginning of Scorpio. Astrologers and students of astrology often get worked up into a panic about Eclipses, but that sort of thing usually proves to be unwarranted. If you want to learn about Eclipses in general click HERE for my comments on them. As for the specifics of how they work, and what this October’s Eclipses might mean to you, read on.

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The longer one practices astrology, the more one tends to realize two things:

1) There are a lot of obscure old rules that really work.
2) Some of the old obscure rules work better than others.

In that light, let me explain to you what I think I’ve discovered about how Eclipse Points work. For those of you who don’t groove out to obscure technical details, feels free to skip to the part below the video.

Vedic Astrology refers to the Moon’s Nodes as “upagraha” or “shadow planets.” They are things that have a real effect and a real meaning, but nonetheless are not physically “real.” Hold your thumb out to the side of your face. The end of your thumb is a real thing, and your nose is a real thing, but the halfway point between the two is not “a real thing”… but it is “real.” Eclipse Points are sort of “shadow planets,” like midpoints and progressions in astrology. They leave a real effect in your birth chart where they happen. They are sensitive to transits. However, like the way I handle transits to the Nodes, you don’t treat them like regular planets. For one thing: unless it’s a conjunction, opposition, or square, I don’t count it. Sorry trines, sextiles, and quincunxes: you just don’t seem to make enough of a difference to worry about.

Furthermore, when students of astrology see the word “square” there is a tendency to automatically panic a little. This needn’t necessarily be so. One client of mine in the last year had an Eclipse land on his Midheaven ruler, and even transits squaring that point have been pretty good to him. Besides, people are already spooked enough about Eclipses that we don’t need to make it worse by worrying about squares.

Also: about that urge people seem to have to get panicky over these things? Don’t. Yes they often bring unexpected results, and not all unexpected results are bad… some can be very good. Like for example, the unexpected delight of encountering a singing dog.

There, that wasn’t too painful, was it? As your reward, here is a singing dog:

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Now, here’s how we figure out what kind of effects (if any) October’s Eclipses will have on you:

The October 8th lunar Eclipse happens at 15° Aries and Libra. The October 23rd Solar Eclipse happens at 0° Scorpio. Find the Houses in your birth chart which these fall into, and that is most likely where you are going to see their effects. Also, if any of the planets in your birth chart are conjunct, opposed, or square to those points within a maximum of 2°, take those (and the Houses they rule)  into consideration too.

One of the ancient rules for handling Eclipses that I find works is this: Eclipse points leave much more of an effect if they are “above the horizon” rather than “below the horizon.” In other words, you’re much more likely to feel it if the Eclipse Point falls between your 7th and 12 Houses, as opposed to Houses One through Six.

Eclipses don’t usually set off anything on the actual day they happen. They lurk in the background until the next pair of Eclipses happen, and it is sometimes months before they are triggered. To me, this could be one of the reasons why astrologers get so excited about Eclipses: it’s hard enough keeping track of where the planets are now without also having to remember something that happened three months ago. But I digress.

Eclipses won’t trigger events entirely by themselves. There are always other transits in the birth chart affecting things, but they are more likely to be triggered when a transiting planet is aspecting that Eclipse Point, at the same time that other major transits are happening.

The next set of Eclipses are a Solar Eclipse on March 20, 2015 and a Lunar Eclipse is on April 4, 2015. Until then, it’s this October’s Eclipse Points that remain in play.

The Sun, Moon, and Mercury will make loads of aspects to the Eclipse Points between now and next March – April, and those can certainly contribute to the effects of other transits. But a list of all those transits would be big and unwieldy. So here’s the rundown on the transits from the other planets to those Eclipse Points between now and the next set of Eclipses. In each case, I am giving the exact date of the aspect, but add a day or two on either side to allow for some orb (except where noted). And as always: if things get out of hand for you, contact an astrologer.

OCTOBER 8 LUNAR ECLIPSE (15° Aries/Libra):

October 15: Mars square
December 23: Venus square
March 5: Venus conjunct
March 12: Mars conjunct
March 22: (plus or minus a couple of weeks) Uranus conjunct
April 3: (plus or minus a couple of weeks) Pluto Square.

The next lunar Eclipse will be on April 4, 2015. It will be at a very close to the same degree as this October’s Solar Eclipse, only this time Pluto will be closely square it. That ought to be interesting…

OCTOBER 23 SOLAR ECLIPSE (0° SCORPIO):
December 6: Mars square
January 4: Venus square
March 18: Venus opposite

See? Not so bad after all. But like I said: contact me if you have any concerns.

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