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Ask An Astrologer: Drowned By Neptune In Pisces?

posted by Matthew Currie
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But Neptune in Pisces requires that we ask “is that good enough?”

KF writes: “I notice that Neptune is in Pisces until 2026. I have a friend who has his Venus, Saturn, Moon, and Mercury spread out throughout Pisces (in that order). I feel really sorry for him, and kind of worry about him. But I don’t quite understand Neptune and what it means to have Neptune transiting all of those planets. He’s an 8 degree Aries, so even when Neptune is no longer in Pisces it will soon connjuct his Sun. Please help me understand so that I can look after him and also myself (I am an Aquarius with Pisces descendant).”

The short answer here is: It’s probably not going to be as bad as you’re afraid it will be. The longer answer is: It’s easy to get in a panic over one major “difficult” transit and forget some very important points.

-The slower a planet is, the longer a transit from it lasts. The Uranus-Pluto square has been in effect for a couple of years so far and has a couple of years to go yet. On the face of it that sounds like a pretty nasty transit, but it’s not as if the entire world has blown up every day for the last two years and will keep blowing up every single day until 2016. Long and slow transits do open bigger and longer windows of possibility, but they aren’t usually that relentless.

-During periods when long difficult transit are happening, other planets are making their transits too. Some of those will be supportive of other planets in the birth chart, and some of those will actually be helpful to the planet that the long slow transit is kicking apart. For example: if Neptune is conjunct your natal Mars, that could theoretically screw up your blood pressure and your energy levels. However, when another transiting planet is trine that natal Mars, it can represent either a “break in the battle” or an opportunity to make the situation better.

-Bad-sounding transits aren’t always “bad.”

Let me give you an example from my own life. In the last two or three years, transiting Neptune has been square my Mercury and my Nodes. Mercury rules writing and communication, and especially so in my case since Mercury also rules the Third House. A square from Neptune may be “difficult,” but it is during this time that I have finally been able to start making an okay living purely through communication – by doing readings and by writing professionally. The square from Neptune gave me the chance to dissolve a bunch of karmic connections to various people and places and attitudes that were holding me back from that.

If you look back at transits like this that happened in the past, you’ll be able to see all of these things in action. For example: if you have a planet in early Pisces that is being conjuncted by Neptune now, that same point got squared by Pluto back in 1995-1997. In fact, any planet in your chart getting the Neptune conjunction between now and 2026 previously got the square from Pluto somewhere between 1995 and 1998. Find those times in your past be able to see that you survived those times, and that you can survive these ones too.

-Any planet in Pisces in your birth chart that gets hit by Neptune between now and 2026 will get a helpful sextile from Pluto in Capricorn somewhere between now and 2024.

Besides… life may never be perfect, but it’s often beautiful.

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Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

And hey, if that doesn’t help… you can always get a reading. That’s what I’m here for.

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A Practical Guide To Handling The Mars-Pluto Conjunction

posted by Matthew Currie

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It sounds a little like this.

Mars conjunct Pluto reaches the exact degree on Monday. It remains in effect for the next couple of weeks, and also interacts via square with Uranus. Think back to the issues you were facing during the Cardinal Grand Cross, and you might find a return visit some of those conditions.

Here is how to NOT handle the edgy and uncomfortable energy this aspect will bring:

-Don’t sell out your friends and ideals and endanger your family to make yourself famous.

-Don’t take out your worst impulses on others.

Wondering how best to handle these times? Try this:

-Please a large bucket of water in the bathtub.

-Fill the bucket with cold water.

-Take several deep breaths, then plug your nose.

-Plunge you’re head into the bucket.

-Scream as loud as you can.

-Repeat as required.

See? Even the most difficult of astrological transits can be handled with relative ease if you know how to work with the energies involved. And now if you will all excuse me, I’m going to be in the bathroom for the next several days.

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Uranus, Pluto, And Robert O’Neill: Killing Bin Laden And Making A Buck

posted by Matthew Currie

“I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions.”
-The Navy SEAL code

One thing we astrologers often neglect to mention to the people we do readings for who are having bad transits: don’t let your bad transits take other people down with you. Case in point: Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill, who has recently made a splash by coming out and saying that he is the guy who killed Osama bin Laden.

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Baby Seal: Less dangerous than a Navy SEAL, but also less likely to violate National Security

We don’t have an exact birth date for him, but from the few autobiographical details he has released about himself we know he was born on April 10th, 1976. Even with that limited information, we can see what kinds of transits he is having. Both his Sun in Aries and his Pluto in Libra are being closely affected by the Uranus-Pluto square, which is once more approaching the exact degree in December… when it will be very closely aspecting those points in O’Neill’s chart. We can’t be sure without a time and place of birth, but odds are reasonable that Saturn is now square his Moon in Leo… so maybe a little free publicity is serving as a balm for his feelings.

The Sun in the birth chart is the Ego. Sometimes difficult transits to that placement can bruise or injure the ego, and sometimes those transits can drive your Ego to do really dumb things. And when natal Pluto is getting difficult aspects as well, there’s a good chance those transits will have life-altering results for you or for those connected to you. Someone with the Sun-Pluto square in their chart (full disclosure: I have this too) can be bold and innovative… or a deliberate rule-breaker who isn’t mindful of the consequences of their actions.

What is O’Neill’s motivation for now going public with this? He says “The families [of 9/11 victims] told me it helped bring them some closure.” Which is nice, I suppose, except you’d think that killing bin Laden would do that for them at least as much as the shooter confirming his role in the matter would. I suspect a different motive. Since O’Neill is now working as a “motivational speaker” … you know, one of those guys who yells at groups for a living so that they will sell more widgets… it’s bound to be good for business. And hey, what’s the harm in that? Surely someone who took down a terrorist mastermind like Osama bin Laden should be able to make a few bucks off of it right? What’s the harm in landing a book or a movie deal, when Hollywood has already made a lot of cash off of the exploits of SEAL Team Six?

There are perfectly good reasons why O’Neill should have kept his mouth shut about this, if he’s telling the truth (and there is some doubt about that): If he’s telling the truth, he is certainly breaking tradition (if not the actual law) by reviewing his identity. He’s also making it an order of magnitude easier for any motivated parties to locate his fellow team members. This, and of course all the usual concerns about national security and publicly discussing classified operations and such.

Oh, and by the way: he’s recently separated from his wife and three kids. They get to spend the rest of their life of targets painted on their backs. Even if he’s lying about the role he played in the death of Osama bin Laden, they get to live with that.

So yeah: don’t let your bed transits take others down with you, okay?

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Mars Conjunct Pluto: Hey Baby, Nice Aspect

posted by Matthew Currie

Mars in Capricorn is approaching the conjunction with Pluto and the square with Uranus, and that aspect will be in effect for most of November, reaching the exact degree on the 10th. Mars represents a lot of the impulses that society has a problem with, like sex and violence. Mars interacting with Pluto and Uranus in the manner that it will is going to make a lot of those impulses a lot stronger for many of us, but it certainly won’t make them any easier to deal with.

Consider this viral video that has been making the rounds of late.

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In this video, actress Shoshanna Roberts walks the streets of Manhattan for ten hours, during which time she is subject to something around 100 incidents of harassment for men. This should come as absolutely no surprise to anyone who is a long-standing observer of humans, particularly those in Manhattan. I think this video is a noble effort on Ms. Roberts’ part, and I certainly hope it opens up a dialogue for many of us. However I think it’s important to realize that “opening a dialogue” where we solve the problem quickly or easily. If you’re being attacked by a gorilla, it’s a noble sentiment to want to teach the gorilla sign language in order to explain how violating your boundaries doesn’t help anyone… but you’re likely to get your arms ripped off before lesson one commences.

Here’s what I would suggest: a special edition of this video for men. It would be exactly the same as the current version except every case of harassment would be attended by these words, in big blinking red letters:

*** THAT CRAP NEVER WORKS ***

… And accompanied by this sound effect:

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You see, when it comes to controlling one’s  impulses, it’s good to attempt to get a grip on them… but it’s even more immediately useful to cut that crap out and then get a grip on them.

So: over the course of the next three weeks or so, while Mars is conjunct Pluto and square Uranus, just keep this in mind as you are feeling that ever-building urge to shout at someone or start a fight or whatever:

*** THAT CRAP NEVER WORKS ***

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Then once you’ve established that, go ahead and use the rest of your brain to find a solution to those urges that are bothering you so much. Start a dialogue. Discuss things calmly. But mostly: resist the urge to freak out. You may have the impulse to do so, but just remember…

*** THAT CRAP NEVER WORKS ***

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