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Astrology, Gender, And Bruce Jenner

posted by Matthew Currie

beliefnet astrology matthew currie bruce jennerThere are lots of things astrology can tell you about a person, but there are still some things that it can’t. For example, you can’t tell if a birth chart belongs to a man or woman. You can pick out things about a person’s sex drive, but not their sexual orientation.

…Which brings us to Bruce Jenner.

Bruce Jenner (born October 28, 1949, 6:16 AM, Mount Kisco New York) was at one time known as the Olympic hero who won the Decathlon for the United States. Most athletes, after a triumph like that, will eventually fade into a comfortable obscurity. Instead, Bruce faded into becoming a Kardashian, and his public fame got a major second act with the rise of reality television. But for those of you who have kept an eye on Bruce Jenner, there’s been another transformation going on over the last decade or so in front of our eyes.

His hair has gotten longer and his facial features have become distinctly more feminized. Lots of celebrities, both male and female, get plastic surgery. But it is extremely rare for a male celebrity to get a trachea job – reducing the visible size of the so-called Adam’s apple. Usually the only men who get that particular surgery are those who are transitioning from male to female. And now People Magazine is reporting something that people have suspected for a while… Bruce Jenner is in fact becoming a woman. He has split up with his wife and moved out on his own and he’s getting his own reality series. And if rumor is to be believed, it is going to be called “Trans Jenner.”

No, really. I didn’t just make that up.

I should point out that there are other possible explanations for Bruce’s appearance and behavior than simply that he is transitioning — after all, he hasn’t officially confirmed it yet. I myself have long hair, yet I am what is currently called a “cisgender heterosexual male.” There is also that strange phenomenon that happens when some people get rich and/or famous enough that they can start having all the plastic surgery they want. A number of celebrities over the years (whom I have written about HERE and HERE and HERE) have started out with the urge for a simple chemical peel or chin lift and have turned their faces into blank slates… or worse. It’s entirely possible that Bruce Jenner simply got too much work done, and that having his Adam’s apple reduced was simply one of those “one step too far” moments that happens when people get heavily into rebuilding their faces.

Having said that: astrologically there are some distinct indicators that Bruce Jenner is undergoing a bigger metamorphosis other than simply one more surgical tweak to his eyelids.

For several years now Uranus has been passing through Bruce’s Sixth House. This is the sort of thing they can often bring unusual health complaints, or unexpected changes in health. In this case it seems to have brought some unusual transformations to his body itself. His Mercury, Neptune, and South Node in the middle degrees of Libra have all been subjected to significant change by both transiting Uranus and Pluto over the last several years.

And despite the fact this has been going on for years and Bruce Jenner has never come out and said anything about getting a sex change, transiting Jupiter is now passing over his Pluto, and will be doing so for the next few months. Pluto is the ruler of Bruce’s ascendant – how one appears to the world, and Jupiter is currently in his Tenth House: his career.

So perhaps now and in the next few months will be the right time for Bruce Jenner to finally come clean to the public as to what has been going on with him for the last decade or so. For all the personal reasons behind gender reassignment, promoting your own reality show probably doesn’t hurt when it comes to discussing it publicly.

Whatever happens, Bruce, I wish you luck… but really, Bruce, if you’re out there listening… try to take it easy on the facelifts, will you? Whatever your gender, you’re getting kind of hard to recognize, okay…?

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Saturn Gets In Your Face, Starring Uma Thurman

posted by Matthew Currie

beliefnet astrology matthew currie uma thurman plastic surgeryFor those of you who’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll notice that I tend to focus on celebrity stories. There’s a reason for that. Ultimately, astrology is all about how it affects individual lives. I could be telling you stories about my uncle Fred or the guy who lives down the street, and it would be informative. But let’s be honest here: none of you know my uncle Fred or the guy who lives down the street from me.

Now, let’s talk about Uma Thurman and her face, and why no one should get plastic surgery until they’ve consulted their astrologer first.

People who can afford it get plastic surgery all the time. It’s the sort of thing that naturally plays into our cultural fear of aging. Celebrities are particularly prone to this sort of thing, since part of being a celebrity is “recognition,” and constantly being judged by one’s appearance comes with the territory. There is tremendous pressure on all of us – yes, particularly women – to look as good as possible. And that often means “looking younger.” Just as traditional culture in Mauritania celebrates obesity, and some African cultures find that a gap between the front teeth makes a woman more attractive, those of us who live in “modern Western civilization” seem to demand a certain youthfulness from our celebrities.

In any culture, some people will go to considerable lengths to meet those culturally imposed standards. In the case of Hollywood, this can mean getting one’s face regularly resurfaced until all signs of being over the age of 30 (and sometimes, everything that makes an individual distinctive) are gone. There is a fear that we will turn our back on anyone, especially a woman, who is a “sex symbol” yet dares to age naturally.

Many times, this results in plastic surgery disasters. A celebrity will get cosmetic work done one too many times, and all of a sudden they’ve turned into something plastic and unnatural looking. Many of us like to have a good sicker at this, but the truth is that this means that some celebrities will be pointed at for following perfectly understandable instincts and “normal” cultural standards. Tinker with any system often enough, and eventually something will go wrong… and that applies to a person’s face as much as anything.

Anyone with a casual familiarity with astrology will know how it can affect personality and temperament. But astrology can also do a good job of describing our appearance. The part of the birth chart that is most closely related to the physical appearance, and specifically the face, is the ascendant.

Uma Thurman recently generated some headlines with her face, and not for the usual reasons that her face would get attention. She just turned up recently looking rather… um, shall we say, “wooden”? Although this has not been confirmed (and it rarely is, is it?), this appears to be due to plastic surgery that has gone that one step too far.

Uma’s ascendant is at 2° Virgo. Until recently, her face reflected many of the features associated with Virgo Rising: good skin and strong yet fine features. It was the kind of face that reflected a delicate strength, and was perfectly suited to roles like the one she had in “Kill Bill.”

Unfortunately if you roll the dice too often eventually they will come up snake eyes. And if you get plastic surgery while transiting Saturn is closely square your ascendant, it’s likely to turn out badly. This is exactly what happened to Uma.

Plastic surgery is, by definition, elective. It’s not like a heart attack or an emergency appendectomy. You can choose when it happens, and how much you get done. Uma apparently did not consult with an astrologer, and thus did not receive what should be the obvious warning: DON’T MESS WITH YOUR FACE WHEN YOUR ASCENDANT IS GETTING BAD TRANSITS.

I have written about this sort of thing before, and the pattern holds true over and over again. Pluto was not kind to Renee Zellweger when she got her latest round of work done. Everyone is so focused on Kim Kardashian‘s two huge butts (Kanye, and the one in her skirt) that no one seems to have noticed how her face is slowly becoming less expressive. And Bruce Jenner? Yeah, he’s having too tough a time lately for me to get into that subject again.

So remember folks: if you’re getting nipped, tucked, sucked or lifted, check your transits first!

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Saturn Launches A Grenade At Brian Williams

posted by Matthew Currie

beliefnet astrology matthew currie brian williamsSome transgressions are worse than others, and sometimes that’s determined by the profession of the transgressor in question. If a politician cheats on his wife it’s bad, but if a preacher does it, it’s terrible. If an actor cheats on his taxes it’s bad, but if a politician does it it’s particularly bad.

Brian Williams is a news man who lied about a news story… specifically, one involving himself. In all fairness, he may not have actually “lied,” strictly speaking. He claims to have been in a Chinook helicopter over Iraq in 2003 that got hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. This is, of course, a great story for a news reporter to tell. Unfortunately, years later, he admitted that it was another helicopter in the same convoy they got hit, and not his.

Although this is not the same as completely making up a news story (“UFO Lands On White House Lawn, Demands Nachos”) or perpetuating invented details to make a real news story even more exciting (“you aren’t allowed into many London neighborhoods unless you’re Muslim”), this still looks pretty bad. There’s already enough mistrust in this world without people that we should (theoretically) be able to trust, isn’t there?

Astrologically, what can we see that’s making all this trouble for Brian? Although we don’t have a time of birth for Brian Williams (May 5 1959, Ridgewood NJ), we know that transiting Saturn is passing over his Jupiter. Saturn is, of course, the planet that is most likely to crush the things we are enthusiastic about, whether they are real or fictional. Jupiter is the planet most obviously associated with “fame and fortune.” Furthermore, in March 2003 transiting Uranus was square that Jupiter, which is (perhaps) a recipe for “applying too much imagination to make your story more interesting.”

The truth is that in the last several years, Brian Williams has become much more of a “celebrity” than a “news man.” He makes regular appearances on late-night talk shows and other entertainment-oriented programs. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, except that this is probably now what he is more widely known before than for his day job, which is to give us the facts.

There is a psychological phenomenon called “confabulation” that appears to be at work here. One can get involved in recalling a story and honestly mis-remember the details. Ronald Reagan spent World War II in Culver City California, yet he told Israeli prime minister Yitzak Shamir in 1983 that he was actually., physically there when a Nazi concentration camp was liberated. Hey, it makes for a good story, amirite?

Brian is now stepping away from the anchor desk at NBC Nightly News “for a few days” while the heat settles down. There is currently an internal investigation going on at NBC to check the veracity of other reports Brian Williams has made. Hopefully, this one particular lapse is the only thing that turns up.

Personally, I hope he comes out of this all right. I kinda like the guy, personally. And hey, who hasn’t gotten a couple of the facts scrambled around when retelling a particularly good story?

Now, let me tell you the perfectly reasonable story about why I was dancing around on the table at the bar last Saturday night. It was to save a life, I swear!

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Your Moon Astrology Forecast For February 2015

posted by Matthew Currie
Finally... clear-cut directions from an astrologer!

Finally… clear-cut directions from an astrologer!

Oh, February. Shortest month of the year, the weather is mostly not great, and on top of all that you inflict Valentine’s Day on us as well. Is there no end to your treachery, you smallest and most noisome month of the ear?

Actually, things could be worse. The last (hooray!) exact peak of the Uranus-Pluto square is not yet upon us, Mars moves into Aries (so maybe we can stop moping around and get something done, jeez), and mercury comes off its retrograde. Now, if we could just get through this whole Valentine’s Day thing, all would be forgiven, February.

Like they say: the devil is in the details, and despite all the larger transits happening, you’ve got to keep an eye on The Moon… particularly when it’s a Void of Course Moon. If you’re unfamiliar with what that phenomenon means, click here. If you want to know how best to handle those times, click here. In general though, just trying to avoid starting or completing any important projects or making important agreements when the moon is void and you should be all right.

 

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Below is a listing for Void Of Course (VOC) Moon times and dates for the month of November  (if you’re unfamiliar with how useful the VOC Moon concept is, click here for more information). The particularly long and awful Voids are marked with **

All times are Eastern Standard, or as they say in New York, “Hey, you figger out whatever the time one is in your Podunk town and deal with it, pal. I ain’t got time to do yer math for ya.”

Feb  1, 2015     8:37 AM               Moon trine Mars V/C
Feb  2, 2015    12:41 PM                Moon enters Leo

February 3rd: Full Moon in Leo conjunct Jupiter. Party like a werewolf!

Feb  4, 2015    12:31 AM               Moon conjunct Jupiter V/C**
Feb  5, 2015    12:46 AM                Moon enters Virgo
Feb  6, 2015     5:09 PM               Moon opposite Mars V/C
Feb  7, 2015     1:44 PM                Moon enters Libra
Feb  9, 2015     6:58 AM               Sun trine Moon V/C**
Feb 10, 2015     2:05 AM                Moon enters Scorpio

February 11th: Mercury is no longer retrograde. Editors, process servers, telephone operators everywhere rejoice!

Feb 12, 2015    12:32 AM               Moon trine Mars V/C
Feb 12, 2015    11:46 AM                Moon enters Sagittarius
Feb 14, 2015    10:15 AM               Moon square Mars V/C
Feb 14, 2015     5:24 PM                Moon enters Capricorn
Feb 16, 2015     3:17 PM               Moon sextile Mars V/C
Feb 16, 2015     7:13 PM                Moon enters Aquarius

February 18th: New Moon right at the tail end of Aquarius… so close to the end in fact that you can’t even count it as Void of Course for the half a minute or so it takes to enter Pisces. As a matter of fact, when you consider the Moon is 2 1/2 degrees wide, it’s like a New Moon in both Aquarius AND Pisces. Go figure!

Feb 19, 2015     6:02 PM               Moon sextile Pluto V/C**

February 19th and February 20th: Mars and then Venus enter Aries. Romantic impulsiveness in in the air, and not just because you dropped the ball on Valentine’s Day… but that probably doesn’t hurt either.

Feb 20, 2015     6:13 PM                Moon enters Aries
Feb 21, 2015     7:36 PM               Moon trine Jupiter V/C
Feb 22, 2015     7:28 PM                Moon enters Taurus
Feb 23, 2015     9:57 PM               Moon square Jupiter V/C**
Feb 24, 2015    11:54 PM                Moon enters Gemini
Feb 26, 2015     3:43 AM               Moon sextile Jupiter V/C**
Feb 27, 2015     7:50 AM                Moon enters Cancer
Feb 28, 2015    12:53 PM               Moon opposite Pluto V/C**
Mars  1, 2015     6:34 PM                Moon enters Leo

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