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The Sextile: The Lazy Susan Of Astrology

posted by Matthew Currie

I admit it: I was a fat kid. Like, really fat. Anyone who’s been in that position themselves can tell you that childhood obesity is a lot more complex than most people realize. It’s usually far more than just “too much of the wrong food” or “not enough exercise” or something. Obesity is a complex issue, and if you’re lucky and get wiser you get older you realize that simple solutions to complex problems are usually wrong. But one thing I do know about my experience s a fat kid? There was always plenty of food around my house, often of dubious nutritional content, and I spent a lot of time unsupervised in the kitchen.

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The sextile is an aspect between two or more planets separated by approximately 60 degrees. It indicates that the energies of the planets involved will be able to work together in a fairly smooth and harmonious manner: never rushed or impulsive or demanding. It’s almost as if the planets involved in the aspect never really disagree and seem to have all of the same hobbies, but aren’t necessarily compelled to spend every waking minute talking to each other. It’s like they’re two old friends and think the same way and hope for the same things and vote the same way, but often drift out of touch with each other. But when they get back in contact a good time is had by all.

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The thing that fascinated me most about the kitchen when I was a kid was the Lazy Susan. For those of you and me with the concept, a Lazy Susan is a round shelves that turns on an axis on a tabletop, or a series of round shelves turning on an axis in a cupboard. That way, you can put a lot of goods into the pantry without having to spend a lot of time digging around in the back for something you’re looking for. It’s like a merry-go-round for food, and if you are an unsupervised fat kid who is bored, you can spend a lot of time standing there and turning it and watching the food go around and around and trying to see if there is something tasty there.

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Sextiles are a great thing to have in your birth chart. They aren’t as demanding and difficult to deal with as the squares can be, and they’re not as brash as a conjunction or as vexing as an opposition. People with Venus sextile Ascendant, for example,  come across as naturally charming without putting much work into it.  People with Moon sextile Mercury generally come across as effortlessly bright, and people with Mars sextile Neptune are usually pretty charismatic even when they aren’t trying to be. If you have a birth chart that  somehow consisted entirely of sextiles, your biggest problem in life would probably be a lack of excitement or sense of adventure. More than anything else, the sextile provides opportunities. They give you a natural talent or ability or gift that is there for you to take advantage of, but only if you make the effort. They’re worth your attention, but they don’t demand it.

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Because I was such a fat kid, my parents didn’t usually do things like leave big bags of cookies lying around. Of course sometimes they did, and they hid them, and I (being a motivated fat kid who loved a challenge) develop a fair talent for finding them. But the place wasn’t exactly overflowing with food that said “a fat kid lives here.” But on those long and boring Saturday afternoons, after the cartoons were done and Mom was off doing her thing somewhere and Dad was out drinking with his buddies, I would often rummage around the kitchen looking for this week’s stash of cookies. And if I didn’t find them (or if there wasn’t one) I would turn to the Lazy Susan and meditate upon its contents as I turned it slowly around over and over again. And sure enough, I would often find things like brown sugar and baking chocolate and vanilla. Neither one of those were particularly tempting food in and of themselves, but at an early age I had learned that most of life’s best foods were made from combining ingredients and applying heat. So sure enough, I would attempt to make some fudge. It didn’t usually turn out right, but I’d eat it anyway and get my mess cleaned up before Mom and Dad came home. These secret food sessions always came as a great relief to me — because after all I was sick and tired of the rice cakes and diet food and such they were always trying to feed me at dinner.

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So yes: the sextile is a good and useful and welcome aspect to have. It can be a real strength. But if you don’t do anything with it, it won’t end up doing a whole lot for you. And if left entirely to its own devices, a sextile or two can actually lead you down the sweet and pleasant path to self ruin.

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The Conjunction: A Mule, Or The Fly?

posted by Matthew Currie

In astrology, a conjunction is an aspect between two or more planets placed very closely together in the sky, like the recent Venus-Jupiter conjunction that everyone got excited about. How close together is a matter of debate among astrologers, but for my money I stick to within five degrees… unless the Sun or Moon are involved, in which case I’ll give it ten degrees. The amount of allowable distance is called “orb”… and personally I’m stingy with it.

The conventional wisdom about the conjunction is that it represents a blending of the energies of the two planets involved. Like many simple explanations, this captures a fair amount of the truth and yet kind of misses the point. When you combine sodium and chlorine, which are respectively flammable poisonous, you get salt — which is neither flammable nor poisonous. The planets involved in a conjunction retain their inherent nature and functions, but they also tend to take on qualities from the other planet(s) involved. It’s kind of like when you put two things next to each other in the fridge for a long time and they take on each other’s smell and flavor (sorry about the onion milk by the way).

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The nature of each planet in astrology is quite different, and when you combine two very different things you can get some interesting results: sometimes useful and sometimes not so much.

On the one hand, consider the mule, which is what you get when you cross a horse with a donkey. Mules are more patient and better at handling rugged terrain than horses, and they’re smarter and faster than donkeys… and less obstinate as well. On the other hand, did you ever see The Fly? Yeah, you would think that combining the mind of a genius inventor with the durability of an insect would be awesome, kind of like Spider-Man, right?

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Be afraid. Be very afraid.

I know I picked on overly-simple explanations earlier, but let me try to come up with something relatively simple that still conveys the meaning of the conjunction.

If you want to know the effects of a conjunction between any given two planets, use the following handy guide.

Take the description in column A and the adjectives in column B below.

Pick a conjunction between any two planets, or a planet and an angle. Select the description in the left column and combine it with the adjectives in the right column.

Sun

Ego energy and life force

Brash and energetic

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Moon

Basic emotional responses and gut instinct

Moody and / or nurturing

Mercury

Thoughts and communication

Bright, chatty and scattered

Venus

Affection and comfort

Sweet and sticky

Mars

Ambition and anger

Energetic and punchy

Jupiter

Happiness and philosophical approach

Big and goofy

Saturn

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Structure and limitations

Stiff and unyielding

Uranus

Individuality and uniqueness

Weird and unusual

Neptune

Mysticism and sense of wonder

Weird and spacey

Pluto

Transcendence and resilience

Powerful and / or dangerous

Ascendant

Appearance and general demeanor

Out there where everyone can see it.

Descendant

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Closest friends and partnerships

Projected or reflected on others.

Midheaven

Life goals and what you want to be when you grow up

Is what the general public will remember you for when you’re gone

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Your base of operations and comfort zone

Where you’re most comfortable hanging your hat at the end of the day

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So for example: Mars conjunct Saturn means that “Your ambition and anger is stiff and unyielding.” Venus conjunct the Ascendant means “You affection and comfort is projected or reflected on others.” Jupiter conjunct Neptune means “your happiness and philosophical approach is weird and spacey.”

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Got that? Go through the conjunctions in your chart and give it a try.

And hey: yes, you’re absolutely right. That is a bit of an oversimplification. But it makes at least a little more sense than just saying “the two energies are blended,” doesn’t it…?

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Please Ignore This Post About Mercury In Cancer

posted by Matthew Currie

(Editor’s note: Matthew Currie isn’t available today due to a non-scheduled solar eclipse. In his place we present a brief note from the planet Mercury, which recently finds itself in the sign of Cancer. We apologize for the interruption, and hope to have Matthew back as soon as possible.)

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Hello. I am the planet Mercury…. the one most responsible for your logical functions, language, and communication in general. I’m in the Sign of Cancer now, and I find I have taken on some of the emotional tone of that Sign… which to tell you the truth is kind of uncomfortable when reason is one’s stock-in-trade.

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Complicating things is that for the next week or so I am going to be in range of a trine to Neptune and a conjunction to Mars. During this time many of you are likely to face frustrations and heated arguments and disagreements with others. Undoubtedly you beliefnet astrology matthew currie mercury cancer 4will find some excuse to blame that on some other transit than me. I’m just Mercury after all right? Little old Mercury. No one pays attention to me. Just because I am in (arguably) the moodiest of all the Twelve Signs isn’t going to have any effect on you or anyone else right?

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Frankly folks: I’m just not in the mood for it.

Yeah, you guys go right ahead. Ignore the role I’m going to play in your blow ups in the week or two while I am at my crankiest. Since so many of you would rather post pointless and inaccurate memes on Facebook rather than discuss things logically, I have decided to create this blog entry in exactly the same manner.

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But oh yeah, you guys keep on ignoring me. That’s quite alright.

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Astrology Of The New York Stock Exchange Shutdown

posted by Matthew Currie

beliefnet astrology matthew currie NYSE shutdownJuly 8th, 2015 was a strange day for many, but particularly for the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). It was shut down unexpectedly for 3 hours shut down due to a software problem. There were also technical problems at United Airlines, grounding their entire fleet, and the Wall Street Journal, which went offline. But these events are not connected, other than of course they all happened under the same astrological conditions (Note to my more conspiracy-enthusiastic friends… I’ll address this again at the end of the blog).

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Looking at the transits the NYSE was having at the time of the glitch is informative when we try to understand how transits work, and how they can affect individuals. As I’ve written here before, it isn’t just people who have birth charts — it’s business ventures and towns and even movie franchises.

When we look a person’s transits we tend to look at the big stuff, like squares or conjunctions presents from Saturn or Uranus or Pluto. Those tend to be the big ones that, for better or worse, get people’s attention the most. But you don’t have to be an astrologer for long without realizing that it is almost never the day of the exact aspect when all hell breaks loose. The bigger and scarier transits all last a long time, and rarely bring the Moment Of Disaster entirely on their own. When that happens, there are undoubtedly other “smaller” (or more accurately, faster) transits tripping things off.

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So although the big transits are obvious, why is it so hard to spot the exact day and time something momentous will happen? There’s a very good reason for this: who’s got time to notice when the Moon is going to be making trouble for you sometimes next October? The Moon squares every point in your birth chart twice a month. And the local ascendant goes around the Zodiac every 24 hours as the Earth turns.

So keep that in mind as we look at the larger transits an astrologer could warn the New York Stock Exchange about, followed by the smaller stuff that set things off. You’ll notice that not all the transits were exact, and not all of them the NYSE was having that day were actually bad. And who knows? Perhaps yesterday’s communication breakdown will lead to changes that improve the stock exchange. But of course that’s not what made the headlines is it?

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The primary point being affected is the NYSE’s Moon, which is always an important placement in any birth chart. Note that it rules the 12th House (assuming the 10 AM “birth time” is correct — there’s some debate over that), and the 12th House has a lot to do with unforeseen circumstances.

First of all, note the effects of the Uranus-Pluto square on that position. Although this has been in effect for about the last three years, a quick review of the record will show that this is not the first major technological breakdown the Exchange has had during that time.

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You’ll notice that the Stock Exchange has a very strongly placed Saturn in Libra. That is a good thing when it comes to lending a person or an organization stability and longevity. However, any placement will receive bad transits eventually, and that’s what happened with yesterday’s shutdown. The NYSE’s Moon will be stressed by the Uranus Pluto square for a couple of years yet, and its Saturn will start feeling the heat in a year or so. Could it be time for tighter regulation, as some have said that yesterday’s crash requires…?

As for yesterday’s other big techno-failure news stories — the United Airlines grounding and The Wall Street Journal going offline? Well… all I can say is that we live in the Information Age, so it’s only natural that Information Failures will happen, now and in furture.

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…Like, maybe… next week when that crunchy big Sun-Uranus-Pluto t-square will be replaced with a Mars-Uranus-Pluto configuration. In advance, I’d just like to say: ouch.

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