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Use Astrology To Fix Your Lousy Career

posted by Matthew Currie

For an astrologer (or anyone else) career counseling used to be a much simpler thing. If your father was a peasant farmer, and so was his father, and so was his, then as far as career counseling goes all you could expect from astrologer was usually some variation on “let’s see how much you like being a peasant farmer/how good you’ll be at it.” Unless of course you were a woman, in which case the response would be more like “Career counseling? Here you are 20 years old already and not even close to being married yet. That’s your problem lady. Let’s find a nice peasant farmer for you!

Things have obviously changed a lot since then. We all have a larger range of options as to what we do for a living, but sometimes that’s much less help than you might think. Not only do we have more options than ever, there are probably a few out there for you that you haven’t even heard of yet. But just as human nature has remained largely the same despite changing circumstances, so has astrology, and astrology can be a lot of help with career planning.

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Let me make this perfectly clear: we are not just talking about “getting a job.” Yes that’s a huge problem for many of us now, and yes astrology can help with that, but in this blog entry I’m talking specifically about your career. Or perhaps to be more accurate, I’m talking about “how you’ll make your mark in life,” which in most cases involve a career of some sort.

In astrology, the most important career indicator is the Midheaven. We often think of the 10th House as the part of the chart the rules your working life, and that’s generally true. However, as many of my regular readers may know by now, I am a big fan of Whole Sign Houses. Most of the charts that modern Western astrologers use start the 10th House at the Midheaven. I don’t. That can be a little baffling for some (“My Tenth House and my Midheaven are in two different Signs? What?”) but I find it incredibly useful.

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Think of it this way: the Midheaven shows the general direction your career path should be going in, but the 10th House tends to show how and where the actual work is done to a greater extent. If you’ve ever had that experience of thinking “I hate my job, but I’m pretty good at it” then this principle doesn’t need much explaining. Furthermore, the condition of the ruler of your 6th House determines “work habits,” and the sort of things you’ll generally be good with or need help with when it comes to the daily details of how you do your job.

As for actually just “getting a job”? That’s the relatively easy part. There are plenty of jobs out there if you don’t mind lousy pay and terrible conditions and being treated like an assembly line robot and never having any sense of fulfillment.

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How long can this go on…?

But — what if you’re looking for something more satisfying than that? That’s when we look at your Midheaven.

The nature of your Midheaven is dependent on what Sign it’s in, but it’s not that simple. After all, not everyone with a Gemini Midheaven should talk for a living, and not everyone with a Libra Midheaven should be a matchmaker or interior decorator. It is at least important to look at the Sign and House placement of the planet the rules the Midheaven. Find your Midheaven and the planet that rules it, then look at what House in your birth chart that ruling planet is in, then drop by next time and I’ll show you how it all works!

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What? Don’t know where your Midheaven is, what its ruler is, and all of that? Better write an astrologer with your date, time and place of birth and ask. See below…

Part Two is HERE.

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March 2015: Astrology Of The Solar Eclipsopocalypse!

posted by Matthew Currie
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Oh, sure, why not?

People, please: settle down. Now is not the time to get all panicky over the title of a blog entry… unless of course you happen to be a fan of that 12 COMMON HOUSEHOLD ITEMS THE GOVERNMENT WON’T TELL YOU ARE KILLING YOU style of Internet writing, in which case I would advise you to either look elsewhere for your thrills, or perhaps seek some form of treatment, because after all RUBBING CHIA SEEDS ON YOUR HEAD IS THE CURE FOR PARANOIA YOUR DOCTOR DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT!

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I’ve written about the effects of Solar and Lunar eclipses before. Yes, they are significant, but astrologers — myself included — sometimes tend to get a little overly excited about them. The astrological effects of an eclipse are part of that agitation, but undoubtedly the Sun going dark in the middle of the day has left a strong impression on all of us. Let’s be honest here: if you’ve ever seen a total Solar Eclipse for yourself, it’s pretty darn spooky.

The effects of an eclipse on your personal birth chart can be pretty darn spooky too… at least “spooky” in the sense of “nebulous, weird, and a bit hard to figure out.” They rarely have an immediate effect the day they happen. They tend to lurk in the background until the next set of eclipses, acting as a temporarily energized point in your birth chart that is likely to get tripped off by other transits later on once you’ve forgotten about it, like that “beware of shark” sign at the beach everyone ignores until the one day something finally goes really horribly wrong.

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And to be clear: the effects of an eclipse on your birth chart aren’t necessarily bad at all. They are frequently weird and unexpected, but not inherently terrible. Winning the lottery is “weird and unexpected,” right?

This week’s Solar Eclipse is unusual for a couple of reasons. First of all, it’s a “Super Moon”: one of those times when the Moon is a little closer in its orbit to the Earth than usual, and thus looks a little bigger. What are the astrological effects of a Super Moon versus a regular Moon? Beats me, honestly. The phenomenon has always existed but no one came up with that name for it until the late 70s… but it’s not the sort of thing that would make it less significant I figure. Secondly, it happens less than an hour before the Sun enters Aries and Spring officially begins in the Northern Hemisphere (Autumn if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere).

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Further complicating things is that this eclipse happens at 29 1/2° Pisces. What’s interesting about that is that, since both the Sun and Full Moon in the sky cover a spread of 2 1/2°, in a sense it’s difficult to say whether or not this Eclipse actually happens entirely in very late Pisces or partly in very early Aries.

Despite all that confusion, here are the basics you need to know about how this Solar Eclipse will affect you.

There will be an increased chance of unexpected or unusual circumstances happening in your life related to the House the eclipse falls in, and/or any important points in your chart it is closely aspecting.

Those unexpected or unusual circumstances won’t happen in a complete vacuum: they need to be set off or supported by other transits you’re having between now and the next set of eclipses this September.

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– One of the more old-school astrological rules I find still holds is that if the eclipse happens “above the horizon” in your birth chart (that is, between the 7th and 12th Houses) it’s more likely to have an effect than if it happens in the bottom half of your chart.

Finally, the most useful thing about a Solar Eclipse? I am a big fan of telling people to set out their intentions on a New Moon as to what they want to change about their lives in the next month. An eclipse can be an especially powerful time to sit down and think about the things you want to change about your existence, not just in the coming month but in the next several months. After all, there’s a dragon eating the Sun… that has to be significant, doesn’t it?

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So: no need to panic. Now, having said that, I am still strongly resisting the urge to hide under the bed just a little. I’m human, I admit it, and eclipses are still a bit spooky.

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The Uranus-Pluto Square In The (Black) Rear View Mirror

posted by Matthew Currie

beliefnet astrology matthew currie uranus plutoSo: the Uranus-Pluto square is finally over, having it reached its last exact peak on Monday. We can all stop worrying now, right?

Not so fast.

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The Uranus Pluto conjunction of the mid 1960s is the single astrological aspect which most clearly defined that era… but it reached its last exact aspect in 1966. You may have noticed that many of the cultural and historical firestorms it set off continued for sometime afterwards, or didn’t even really get properly started until afterwards. That’s how it works. If the storm blows away your home on Monday, you’ll still be picking up the mess on Tuesday. Even if your insurance company gives you a fully furnished new home by the end of the week, your old stuff is still gone. Furthermore: the psychological issues about losing all your stuff to a storm could well last the rest of your life.

The Uranus Pluto Square will be within orb for at least another year and a half. It still has great potential to give us important breakthroughs or cause a lot of mayhem yet, depending on whatever transits you’re having on any given day. Of course, that’s the way any astrological transit works, but it bears repeating.

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Put another way: Last night I saw a police car drive by with only one headlight working. I was strongly tempted to pull him over and give him a ticket. In theory, I might even have a legal right to do so. It might be some sort of “public safety” thing. And since the last peak of the Uranus Pluto conjunction is now behind us, it would be perfectly safe and wise for me to do so next time I see that, wouldn’t it?

Ummm, I’m guessing “no.”

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Uranus Pluto aspects always represents a struggle between deep and powerful Absolutes one way or another. That sort of thing tends to leave a mark which carries an effect long after the transit itself is over.

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Here’s an example from popular culture. The original Twilight Zone TV series began in 1959 and ran until 1964. It ended at the peak of the Uranus Pluto square, and yet its influence continues to this day.

Here is the standard formula for a Twilight Zone episode:

– Ordinary people leading ordinary lives are suddenly exposed to an influence that is magical, science-fictional, or just plain weird (Uranus)

– A liberal application of Human Nature results in something terrifying or depressing as a result (Pluto)

– As a result, something about human nature is shown to us… maybe something we don’t like to see.

Now consider another television program that has arisen during the Uranus Pluto Square, one that follows almost exactly the same formula… a show called Black Mirror.

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There are only a few episodes of it (because it’s a British series and the British often steadfastly refuse to produce more of anything than they have decent scripts for). Black Mirror follows the same basic formula as The Twilight Zone, except instead of “magic” The Uranus factor is, in each story, a different extension of current technology and/or cultural trends that either exist or is a reasonable projection from current trends.

Like The Twilight Zone, that child of the Uranus Pluto conjunction, it deals heavily in irony. Unlike The Twilight Zone, and perhaps more appropriate to our modern era and the Uranus Pluto square, the results in Black Mirror are absolutely brutal. How brutal? So brutal that for me to give you a plot description for the first episode alone would be the quickest way for Beliefnet to show me the door. In a hurry. Look it up if you like.

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Both shows deal with the eternal verities of human nature when challenged or exposed by the strange and unusual. The difference between the two shows is the difference between the Uranus Pluto conjunction and the Uranus Pluto square.

The Twilight Zone was inherently a little pessimistic, but usually… well, often… tried to hold out the best for humanity. Black Mirror holds its reflective surface up to your face, then smashes it over your head, and says something like “how did you like that? Want to watch another episode now?”

This, I figure, is the big difference between the Conjunction and the Square.

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So yes: let’s all start waving goodbye to the Uranus Pluto Square now. But let’s not get cocky about it, and let’s remember that – as both The Twilight Zone and Black Mirror would remind us – things in the rear view mirror are closer than they appear — and sometimes they catch up to us later.

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This Week’s Shocking Astrology Forecast!

posted by Matthew Currie

The big aspect to watch out for this week is Mars in Aries, conjunct Uranus and square Pluto. Although the exact aspect has passed by now, it’s still in effect, so don’t get lazy with my warning: tempers will be sharp. Things left to simmer will boil over. Even if the exact degrees are obviously affecting anything big in your chart, you are surrounded by other human beings who may not be so fortunate, and who might just blow their stack at you. I’m going to keep warning you about it despite the fact that once an aspect leaves the exact degree, forecasters tend to lose sight of the fact that it’s still in play.

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…which brings me to the subject of my Grade 10 electronics class.

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I am not a stupid person, and normally I understand the need to play safe. And yet for some strange reason I totally forgot that, if you pick up the circuit board for a strobe light, even if it’s unplugged… you’re going to get a shock.. A big one.

Why were we making a strobe light in electronics class in grade 10? It was the ’70s. That’s my only defense. I’m sure that in the intervening years between me leaving high school and now, lawyers have sufficiently involved themselves in the process that grade 10 students are no longer exposed to this sort of thing.

Note to self: find out if they still have “shop class” in modern high schools.

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The big aspect to watch out for this week is Mars in Aries, conjunct Uranus and square Pluto. Although the exact aspect has passed by now, it’s still in effect, so don’t get lazy with it. Keep your guard up with both yourself and others. Are you paying attention?

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So yeah, most of the first week of Electronics 10 class was loaded with warnings about electrical safety. Never handle a circuit board when it’s plugged in. Even if it isn’t plugged in a circuit board can still carry a charge in the capacitors. Capacitors are designed to hold a charge until a certain point, then release it. Yes, even if the circuit board isn’t plugged in.

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The big aspect to watch out for this week is Mars in Aries, conjunct Uranus and square Pluto. Although the exact aspect has passed by now, it’s still in effect, so ARE YOU STILL PAYING ATTENTION?

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Of course teenagers are mostly stupid creatures, who have little sense of their mortality… especially when you’re stuck in Electronics 10 class and you’re insanely bored because you’ve already finished your strobe light and out of 25 students there are only five girls and one of them is Karen Browne who actually talks to you and even thinks you’re kind of amusing (in a good way) and she comes in late and it’s a choice between her sitting next to you or Shawn S. who is a complete jerk and oh my God she’s wearing that sweater so I’d better make a space for her by moving my strobe light —

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ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION???

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