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Learn Astrology: The Moon – Feed Me!

posted by Matthew Currie

The Sun appeared to have the place all to itself, and that suited the Sun just fine. After all, it’s pretty awesome being the Sun.

At the same time though, the Sun had a strange feeling. Could it be… incompleteness? That didn’t seem very likely to the Sun. Thus, it was with both a certain amount of relief and a fair amount of surprise that the Sun reacted when the voice suddenly announced itself from somewhere behind the Sun .

“You have needs,” the voice said.

The Sun turned around and saw the Moon was there. The Moon smiled and gestured expansively at the vast empty birth chart surrounding the two. “Sure, you’re great, but don’t you hope for more than just that?”

The Sun pause to consider. “Like… what?”

“You need to have needs!” The Moon replied. “You need to feel the need to connect to other people. You need to have instincts about things. You need emotional satisfaction!” The Moon replied. “Just think of all the stuff you could have if you teamed up with me. Nurturance, and the ability to nurture others. That certain je ne sais quoi! A feeling of completion! The sense that your yang has a yin! Don’t get me wrong bud, you’re magnificent all by yourself. But if you aren’t able to connect to others, who else is going to appreciate how magnificent you are? Am I right?”

The Sun paused to consider this. “I admit this sounds like a pretty good partnership. But to be honest with you I don’t know how I feel about sharing top billing.”

“Oh, that’s the beauty of it amigo.” The Moon said. “You will always get top billing. Whenever anyone asks ‘what sign are you,’ they’re never going to be asking about little ol’ me. But I will still always be there for you, buddy, giving you intuition and childhood memories and appetites and concerns and longings that you couldn’t even possibly imagine if it weren’t for me.”

“Okay, this sounds like a good deal to me. But is it going to cost me anything?” The Sun said.

“Not a dime!” The Moon replied confidently. “All you have to do is feed me.”

“Feed you?” The Sun said. “That’s it?”

“That’s the whole deal, bro,” the Moon said as it smiled broadly, revealing two rows of pointy teeth.

The Moon slowly extended a long sea-green tendril to embrace the Sun in a friendly hug. “Feed me. I get so hungry sometimes.”

The Moon licked its lips. “Feed me. I need to be fed or neither of us will do ourselves or anyone else any good. I’ll try not to make you go to far out of your way to do it, or block your needs or thwart your ambitions or screw up your relationships, but I have appetites, and I can’t guarantee that won’t happen sometimes. But most of all… I need you to feed me. Feed me. Feed me.

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“Feed me!”

 

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The Astrology Of Robin Williams: Behind The Mask Of Comedy

posted by Matthew Currie

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Robin Williams is dead at age 63, apparently by his own hand. These are the plain facts of it. This came as a surprise, and it’s the kind of news that hit me like a punch in the gut. And yet, in hindsight  (and isn’t hindsight always perfect?) it is no surprise. There is something obvious we all missed about Robin Williams — or that perhaps we saw and chose to ignore.

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Robin Williams (born July 21, 1951, 1:34 PM Chicago Illinois) was arguably the funniest human of his generation. He’s best known as a comedian, and launched to fame in the 1980s in the sitcom “Mork and Mindy.” But his talents were too great to be contained by a sitcom, and before long he was starring in major films and was a leading force behind “Comic Relief USA” which raised millions for the homeless. We can look at Robin Williams’ birth chart and see the signs of potential depression: Moon in sensitive Pisces opposite Venus in Virgo. A Moon in Pisces is sensitive enough to life’s discomforts as it is, without any oppositions. The Moon’s ruler was Neptune, and Robin’s Neptune was in the 12th house. This is always the mark of someone who could stand to have some form of spiritual retreat in his life. It seems unlikely that the nature of his busy Hollywood lifestyle would allow for that sort of thing a lot, although he did end up in rehab a few times. The potential for something alone does not guarantee it will definitely happen. There was more to this suicide then simply indicators of depression in the birth chart.  There were difficult transits happening when he died, but perhaps more importantly: there was something obvious going on all along with Robin Williams that you and I didn’t see, or chose to ignore, despite the fact that it was quite literally staring us in the face.

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As far as the kinds of transits that could trigger a suicide: transiting Pluto was closely opposing Robin’s Mars-Uranus conjunction at the time of his death. A Pluto transit opposite either planet is going to be a challenge, and it can be argued that suicide is aggression (Mars) turned inward. Saturn’s recent passage over Robin’s Ascendant and close square to his natal Pluto undoubtedly weren’t helping either. Under the best circumstances, any one of these transits could be the sort of thing that would indicate a significant emotional crisis. And perhaps all of them put together were the final straw for Robin Williams, who had always struggled with depression. Anyone getting tough transits from both Saturn and Pluto is going to have a hard time. But this too misses what should have been obvious.

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There is a cliché that artists need to suffer in order to create. I don’t know whether or not that’s absolutely necessary, but it certainly does seem to help. Whatever pain Robin Williams carried around inside of him was turned by the alchemy of Art into entertainment for millions. That is a profound blessing, but it may not have been enough to help him with his own burden. Whenever we see the art, we are also seeing the artist… but (by definition) that art is a distortion. It is what the artist wants us to see. It is an illusion projected from that artists own reality, whatever that may be. When we look at people, we tend to see what we want to see. When we see an entertainer, we want entertainment and not necessarily to dive deeply into his or her soul. When we look at the birth chart in to see the configuration of the planets, we don’t always see the entirety of the person… especially if there is something about that entirety that disturbs us or doesn’t match our expectations. I can’t claim any special form of clairvoyance or connection with Mr. Williams, but his natal Sun was conjunct my Moon and Ascendant, and his Moon was conjunct my Saturn, so there is a case to be made for me having seen his inner life perhaps a little more than the average viewer did, or wanted to. I can’t claim any special knowledge of the man, but ever since I first saw Robin Williams in the 1980s, and every time I saw him afterwards – whether he was being a comedian or being serious or in any of the roles he was playing – there was always one thing that stood out at me, and always disturbed me. No matter what role he was playing, clown or serious, actor or humanitarian, there was always sadness in Robin Williams eyes. Always. Go back now and watch any performance of his that you can think of, no matter what the role or genre, and tell me you don’t see it now too. And what’s more: you probably saw it all along but didn’t want to think about it too much. That’s how great his work was. Like a magician, he completely deceived you with his performance, and you were pleased to be tricked, and so was I. Sometimes life is a great adventure. Sometimes life is about facing the next challenge. Sometimes life is just about getting through the day. And sometimes, in words spoken by Robin Williams in one of my favorite films, What Dreams May Come… ironically about a man who dies and seeks out his wife’s soul in the afterlife to rescue her from hell because she’s committed suicide… It’s about not giving up.

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Learn Astrology: Run Naked With Your Sun!

posted by Matthew Currie

(This is a part of my Beginner’s Astrology course, which is just starting now. Feel free to contact me about getting in at the last minute, or in a few months when I do it again.)

We are all a vast collection of parts, yet we as individuals are much more than the sum of those parts. I myself am a Canadian Caucasian cisgender heterosexual male, right-handed, and a writer and an astrologer and a science fiction fan with no musical talent and a fondness for animals. This is more than most people actually need to know about me, but what does it really tell us? Certainly based on that description we know more than nothing, but: if I am right-handed, are there rings on that hand? Scars? Is it manicured? How’s my penmanship? Can I juggle?

All of these things about me can become important in one context and will be completely meaningless in another one. When we learn astrology, and we break down the birth chart into the individual components and how they interact, it’s a bit like that.

I could tell you that the Sun in your birth chart represents your spark of life, your ego, your life energies, how you want others to see you, your relationship to father figures, and so on. But each one of those will also be modified by the placement of the other planets in the chart, and the aspects between those planets.

So instead of giving you any of the usual textbook descriptions of what your son placement meetings, contemplate this image:

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Imagine you’re at a gathering of adults, all getting together for some adult reason. It could be a planning meeting or a barbecue or a church gathering or a yard sale or a funeral.

Now imagine a toddler runs onto the scene. And not just any toddler, but a stark naked one – running around, flailing his or her arms in the air and yelling WHEEEEE!! and zigzagging around and doing everything he or she can to be both a maximum disruption and to avoid getting caught.

This kid may or may not know that he or he is breaking the rules of normal social convention. In fact, on some level or another, this child probably does know that this is somehow “naughty,” but the pure thrill of being able to run around naked yelling in front of the grown-ups is simply too much to resist.

The adults in the situation have a wide range of responses: surprise, amusement, concern, embarrassment. Some think it’s adorable, and others think that some people simply shouldn’t be allowed to have children.

That naked, yelling toddler? He/she is simply doing his/her thing, and doesn’t care about being judged for it. In fact, what judgment this child does receive may in fact be part of the reward of it.

That naked, yelling toddler, running around like an untamed ape is the Sun in your birth chart, once you remove all the other planets and aspects and Signs and House placements.

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Ponder this.

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Keep Calm During The Supermoon In Aquarius

posted by Matthew Currie

We are once again in the time of the Full Moon. Of course, you don’t have to know anything about astrology to appreciate a Full Moon. It has a reputation as being the time for both great romance and great mischief. The one thing those two things have in common is amplified emotion, and the Full Moon will certainly do that. Although the exact aspect only lasts for a short time, it is traditional – and by traditional I mean” in horror movies” – to refer to “the three nights of the Full Moon.” And although I don’t know of any distinct astrological principle that would explain that, I tend to believe it. So this should apply for the next day or so, even though the Full Moon isn’t exact until Sunday at 2:09 PM Eastern/11:09 AM Pacific.

This Moon is also what’s called a “Supermoon”… a Full Moon where the Moon is at one of its closest points in its orbit to us, and thus appears particularly large in the night sky. I recommend you get out and look at it tonight. It’s quite lovely.

There isn’t usually any reason to panic over a Full Moon. At most, it represents a temporary emotional amplification which can cause other, more long-standing trends to finally snap. For example: if you have any important placements around 17° Scorpio, or aspecting that point. That’s where Saturn is now, and the Sun and Moon will be squaring that point and amplifying the effects of the Saturn-Uranus quincunx that’s happening now.

But should we be particularly concern that it’s a “Supermoon”? I suspect not, unless it is doing something very specific to your chart. For example: having been born between 1962 and 1967, this point is very close to my natal Neptune. Neptune is the ruler of my Midheaven – my career goals and ambitions. Naturally, since Saturn is on my natal Neptune now, this has been a fairly stressful time for me that way. Productive, certainly, but stressful nonetheless.

Furthermore: the Sun and Moon for this Full Moon fall in my Second and Eighth Houses, which rule “my money” and “other peoples money.”

So even though overall things are going alright for me that way, I find myself having difficulty collecting a particular payment for my beginners astrology class, which is just starting now. It’s just one payment, not a gigantic one, so there’s no need to get angry, right?

No need to get angry, even though the payment was originally sent to “New York, Wyoming.”

See? No big deal. It can be corrected.

No need to get angry, even though after that was fixed there was still a screw-up on my name, such that I appeared to have three first names and no last name, rather than my full name — thus I still couldn’t collect.

You’ve just got to stay calm at a time like this.

This particular system I am attempting to collect the payment from has been down with computer issues for several hours. But that’s… okay.

You see, everything is good. The Universe is ultimately kind and wise, and is not out to get you in any way shape or form. You just to got to “keep calm and carry on,” as the popular Internet meme reminds us.

Even though the heat and the humidity here are killing me today, and the system came back up while I was away, but then I went back and it went down again, and I forgot my ID, and the people there are idiots, and I’m sweating like a pig and the air conditioning is off in the place I have to keep going back to and…

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Okay. Like I said folks, just stay calm.

 

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