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Hey Kids, It’s The Uncle Saturn Show!

posted by Matthew Currie

(SCENE: A brightly lit set at a local television station, decorated like a child’s treehouse. An audience of children await the beginning of the show. Cheerful theme music plays.)

ANNOUNCER: Hey kids — it’s time for everyone’s favorite new after school program,The Uncle Saturn Show! Here he is… Uncle Saturn!

(A tall figure in a long black robe walks onto the set. His face is obscured but could quite possibly be a skull. The children clap and cheer loudly at first, but this soon fades into nervous silence. After a long pause, Uncle SATURN speaks in a deep resonant English voice that sounds vaguely familiar to any of the parents out there watching)

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SATURN: Hello children. I am Saturn, the Lord of Endings. Even though we’ve just begun this show, it will end eventually — so pay attention while it’s still here. And here is my co-host, the ever cheerful Hilaria the New Age Astrology Clown!

(HILARIA enters. She is an overly-enthusiastic 25 year old in a clown suit with a star painted on each cheek)

HILARIA: Hi kids! Everything is wonderful if you use your imagination!

SATURN: (to HILARIA, with no hint of amusement in his voice) Aren’t you delightful. (Addressing audience) Today children, we’re going to learn about something very important… your limitations.

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HILARIA: Life is magical and you can create your own reality!

SATURN: No. No you can’t. Not really. You see, life is defined more by its boundaries and limits than by its potential. Eventually, everything falls apart or decays or dies. Everything.

HILARIA: (to SATURN) You’re a big meanie!

SATURN: No I’m not. It would be far more cruel to lie to these children about life. (Pointing into the crowd) You there, young man. What would you like to be when you grow up?

SMALL BOY IN THE AUDIENCE: A professional athlete!

SATURN: That’s just lovely… except of course you do realize that the vast majority of people who try to be professional athletes don’t make it, don’t you. And many of those who could make it have their careers ended early by injury. And even if you do make it you likely won’t be able to work through your thirties. What will you do with the rest of your life? Live off your savings? (SATURN chuckles) Trust me. I rule bones and joints, young man, and I know a bad set of knees when I see one. Stay in school. (SATURN picks another child in the audience) You there, young lady. What would you like to be when you grow up?

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SMALL GIRL IN THE AUDIENCE: I want to be an astronaut!

SATURN: Well now — that’s hardly realistic given that most of the world’s governments are spending much more on warfare than on exploration, and the trend is unlikely to end anytime soon. Also, you are only seven and you’re already wearing glasses. Astronauts need to have excellent eyesight. They also need good educations… and your parents haven’t provided for that have they? Daddy is still drinking, yes? (The SMALL GIRL starts to sob uncontrollably. SATURN turns and whispers to HILARIA.) Future drug addict. Just you watch.

HILARIA: (Very upset) You’re a big meanie Saturn! I thought you ruled boundaries and structures and limitations, and not just being a jerk!

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SATURN: Oh yes… yes I do rule those things. Whether or not you can wrap your hopelessly optimistic worldview around that or not is your problem… not mine. (Addressing the children) now here is a delightful little song about the relentless march towards mortality…

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(The children in the audience are now silent except for some quiet sobbing and a couple of kids struggling to hide under their chairs. HILARIA is on the verge of tears.)

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HILARIA: You’re terrible Saturn! I still say that despite all our limitations we can still create our own reality and make our lives a wonderful adventure! Don’t listen to him kids!

SATURN: How charming — you recognize that there are rules to life,  but then you seek to impose your own rules over that of the entire Universe. That’s very Jupiter of you, all boundless enthusiasm and such. But of course I rule limitations, not boundless growth and expansion. Boundless growth and expansion isn’t always a good thing you know.

(HILARIA suddenly grasps her lower abdomen and turns pale. She grunts in pain and collapses on the floor.)

SATURN: (to the audience) Boundless growth and expansion can be a problem, children. Without order and limitations, it can lead to terrible results (Looks down at HILARIA, lying in a ball on the floor and moaning) Like the word of the day for today: endometriosis. Look it up.

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HILARIA: Oh my God the pain!!

SATURN: (turning to address the camera) Tune in tomorrow children when we will unveil the amazing secret the REAL magical adventure Mommy sent your pet that never came home again. Goodbye everyone. Enjoy your youth while it lasts.

ANNOUNCER: That was The Uncle Saturn Show, which will be back tomorrow, and every other day. Whether anyone likes it or not… even if you refuse to watch.

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Astrology Of Rachel Dolezal: Who Are You?

posted by Matthew Currie

beliefnet astrology matthew currie grey owlReading about the recent case of Spokane NAACP President Rachel Dolezal and the various loud and heartfelt opinions held by people in regard to this matter has helped reinforce three concepts I strongly believe in:

– Race is ultimately an artificial construct, one of those things that everyone thinks can be recognized but in fact has surprisingly little if any verifiable basis scientifically.
– Race is nonetheless a very real and especially important issue, especially in America.
– It is entirely possible for an intelligent person to hold two conflicting viewpoints about a subject at the same time, and for an intelligent person to throw up their hands and admit “I don’t get it dude.

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This is an astrology blog, so I’m not about to go waving around my ideas on race relations — although long term readers of this blog know I have good reason to if I wanted to. After all, I lecture my students about how it’s important to see the person who arises from the chart, not filter your view of the chart through your own preconceptions.

So rather than invoke any of my usual “let people be who they want to be” approach that I recently used in the case of Caitlyn Jenner… and no, I personally do not think there is any real parallel between Caitlyn Jenner and Rachel Dolezal… I am going to simply focus on the astrology. Specifically, I will be doing this by comparing factors in her chart to those of a couple of people you may have not heard of before, but who managed to achieve some degree of fame by being a member of an ethnicity there weren’t really a member of.

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Once upon a time, there was a groundbreaking Ojibway-Canadian author and advocate for nature named Gray Owl. Except that as it turns out — Grey Owl wasn’t Ojibway at all: he was born in England and only adopted his new identity after moving to Canada as a young man. Normally this is the sort of story that would have vanished into history and not have gotten anyone’s attention, except that Grey Owl became famous in his native (pun?) England as a conservationist – one of the first people who could truly wear that title.

Or consider the case of one of the hottest popular authors in New Age circles in the 1960s and 70s: an exiled Tibetan monk named T. Lobsang Rampa. He popularized many facets of Tibetan life, the Tibetan struggle against the Chinese, and many New Age and spiritual concepts that would become big in the following decades. He wrote about these things in an entertaining and informative manner. If you’ve read many “New Age” books, you’ve probably read plenty worse yourself in your day. That would be all fine and well if it weren’t for the fact that it turns out that Lobsang Rampa was in fact Cyril Hoskins, an unassuming plumber from England.

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Although I am at risk of falling into the trap I warn my students about when it comes to seeing what you want to see in a birth chart, one distinct similarity between these three stands out to me: a strong Moon-Neptune aspect involving the Mutable Signs.

Here’s the birth data if you want to play along. Unfortunately there are no times of birth for any of them, so I’ve followed the standard practice of going by the Noon chart.

Rachel Dolezal: November 12 1977, Lincoln Montana
Grey Owl: September 18, 1888, Hastings England
Lobsang Rampa: April 8 1910, Plympton England

These are three fairly diverse charts, but the Moon/Neptune/Mutable signature seems to apply:

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Rachel Dolezal: Moon in Sagittarius (Mutable) conjunct Neptune
Grey Owl: Moon in Pisces (Mutable, ruled by Neptune), square Neptune-Pluto conjunct in Gemini (Mutable)
Lobsang Rampa: Moon in Pisces (Mutable, ruled by Neptune), trine Neptune

So that’s the astrology of it, at least what little we have in these three cases without a time of birth.

Sometimes astrology is capable of raising questions that it can’t answer. Like, in this case? Moon-Neptune aspects can greatly increase empathy for others, even those very different from us. It can make a person compassionate and can lend acting ability. But what tipped these three people over the edge into actually becoming someone very different? I suspect that saying “self loathing” or “poor self esteem” or “personal gain” are entirely too simple to be adequate answers. In fact, a Moon-Neptune trine is the closest aspect in my birth chart, and I have always stuck to my Grandmother’s advice, which was “Always be yourself. Never lie about your roots just to make yourself sound more interesting.”

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She was a Romulan, by the way.

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If Grey Owl did the world a great deal of good pretending to be a native Canadian, where’s the harm? If Rachel Dolezal made Spokane a better and more inclusive place for all people, does it matter what she thinks she is? Lobsang Rampa did a great deal to publicize the fate of the Tibetan people. Is that bad? Or: did Grey Owl subvert and apropriate the culture of an oppressed people for his own benefit? Did Rachel lie to get a scholarship to Howard University? Did Cyril Hoskins just claim to be inhabited by the spirit of a fictional Tibetan priest because no one would buy his books if he was just a plumber from England’s West Country?

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I’m afraid that after much consideration, my answer to all the questions in the last paragraph is “ummm… I guess?”

To me, at least in part, the answer lies in a profound bit of wisdom that I learned a long time ago that I don’t think most people have ever fully considered. Ultimately, you are you. You are not your personality or your identity, and at least to some extent it is possible to take control of your personality and identity and make yourself more like what you truly want to be. Taking ownership of your own persona can be incredibly therapeutic and rewarding.

Of course doing that can also make you end up like this guy:

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Ultimately, whether one is an astrologer or a conservationist or a plumber or whatever, I suspect its okay — and even sometimes entirely appropriate — to study a matter and still be willing to confidently say I just don’t get it dude. But, I sort of do get it.

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Astrology Of Christopher Lee: Birth Chart Of Darkness!

posted by Matthew Currie

I’m teaching an online course in Introductory Astrology, and as part of that course I have put up the chart of a number of famous people, but without the names attached. Purely by coincidence (yeah, I hear you in the back about “there are no coincidences”) one of those charts happens to be of someone who has been in the news recently: Christopher Lee, who died at the age of 93 this week.

Christopher Lee was one of a number of icons for me during my teen years. I really can’t say much here that you probably haven’t already read elsewhere. There is much to praise about him beyond simply his acting. He was by all accounts a decent guy in person…. even if he was better known for playing vampires and killers and villains and evil wizards and Sith and such.

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In my astrology class I have a good reason to keep those celebrity charts anonymous – so that my students can learn how to read a chart as opposed to simply seeing the things in a chart that reinforce their own opinions about a person. But now seems like a good time to reveal Christopher Lee’s identity and have a look at his birth chart. He was amazing person who led an amazing life, and it is all reflected in the astrology.

If you’ve never had a reading yourself, this will also give you an opportunity to see how an astrologer take that big mass of symbols on the lines and numbers and breaks it down into something meaningful. Here is Christopher Lee’s chart:

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Even with just the relatively few things we’ve learned in the class thus far, some things stand out.

Sun Moon and Mercury in the 9th house in Gemini: Yes, that’s a heck of a lot of Gemini there. He was of course a natural-born communicator, and certainly acting is a form of communication. He could also sing by the way, releasing a few heavy metal albums (c’mon it’s Christopher Lee, what did you expect… children’s songs?).

Jupiter conjunct Saturn in Libra near the Ascendant: You might expect someone with all that Gemini to come across as a little scattered, but nothing stabilizes your presentation like having Saturn on the Ascendant. There can often be something a little sinister or intimidating about people with Saturn on the ascendant, and Christopher Lee was certainly able to use that to full effect playing the many villainous rules he found himself in.

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Having Jupiter there certainly softens the blow and lends a lot of charm to the whole package. Since Libra is the sign of Saturn’s exaltation, and since his Saturn is closer to the ascendant than Jupiter, you might say that his Saturn is easier to see at first glance when you meet him, and that it manifested in an appealing manner. It’s also interesting to note that Jupiter is the ruler of Christopher’s Third House, which rule things like how your mind works and how you speak. Let’s be honest here: the man had an absolutely classic speaking voice. Also noteworthy? Sagittarius has a reputation for being good with languages, especially Sagittarius on the Third House cusp. Christopher was fluent or conversant in at least six languages.

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Mars in Sagittarius opposite Moon and Mercury: this guy had a lot of physical energy. In past I have written here about people with a strongly-aspected Mars in their charts who are noted for being violent, like George Zimmerman or Chris Brown.

So how did Christopher Lee use his Mars energy? Well, in World War 2 he joined the Air Force but was unable to fly due to a problem with his optic nerve (Mars opposite Moon and/or Mercury can make for difficulties with eyesight). So instead he joined what would later be called the OSS, and eventually joined a special commando unit that Winston Churchill called the “Department of Ungentlemanly Warfare.” Christopher was sworn in to secrecy as to his activities, so we don’t know the full details of what he did during the Second World War. But we do know that his unit was responsible for commando raids that, among other things, disabled the Nazis largest nuclear research facility , and that he received awards for his bravery from Britain Poland Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia.

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“I’ve seen many men die right in front of me – so many in fact that I’ve become almost hardened to it. Having seen the worst that human beings can do to each other, the results of torture, mutilation and seeing someone blown to pieces by a bomb, you develop a kind of shell. But you had to. You had to. Otherwise we would never have won.”
He was also pretty good with a sword.

 

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So just out of curiosity: what did you achieve with your Mars by the age of 25?

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Mars was also the ruler of Christopher Lee’s 7th House, which is marriage and committed relationships. A multiple Gemini with his 7th house ruler in Sagittarius who is also an actor should… if we just go by the clichés…  be a terrible risk for a long-term committed relationship.

In fact he married his wife in 1961 and they were happily together until his death. Take that, clichés!

…And those are just a few of the basics of Christopher Lee’s astrological birth chart based on some of the stuff we’ve already covered in the class, and we’re not even halfway done yet. He was truly an amazing man, and not just because he blew my mind when I was a child. But he did.

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Thank you for sharing your wonderful life with us Christopher Lee. And thanks for all those sleepless night you gave me when I was a kid.

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Revenge Of Mercury Retrograde: The Shadow

posted by Matthew Currie

Mercury is sort of the Rodney Dangerfield of the Solar System: it gets no respect. In astrology Mercury rules all sorts of things that you couldn’t get by without, like thought and language and logic and respiration. You’d think something like that would get more recognition, but sadly it doesn’t.

I sometimes wonder if this is why Mercury retrograde screws things up as much as it does: Mercury has to do something to get our attention. Yes, I know: every time Mercury goes retrograde I encourage people to not worry about it and to not blame every single thing that goes wrong on it. And yes I know: every time it happens, things go haywire with my communications and agreements and short trips and I fall into that same trap. Again.

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A lot a people are celebrating today because Mercury retrograde is over. Even though the planet is strongly placed in Gemini, which rules, this Mercury retrograde has had a particular stink to it for many of us. Remember that news story about the US Government accidentally mailing out anthrax samples to a bunch of places all over the world? Classic Mercury retrograde right there. So we should all be glad it’s over, right?

Well… not so fast there pal. Yes,  from our perspective on Earth, Mercury may have slowed down to a stop and finally started going forward, and technically that’s the end of the retrograde. But as with so many other things in astrology and life in general… its just not that easy.

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Put it simply as possible: whenever Mercury goes retrograde it appears from our perspective to travel backwards in its orbit. In this case, Mercury stopped at 13 degrees Gemini and went backwards all the way to 4 Gemini.

Mercury retrograde periods are flanked by 2 time periods when that planet is similarly (but a bit less) debilitated:  the Shadow. Catchy name, isn’t it?  t

The Mercury Retrograde Shadow Period includes the times before the retrograde when Mercury is passing through the degrees it will back up into during the retrograde, and the period of time after the retrograde when it regains the ground it lost.

So although Mercury Retrograde may be over today, it will have lingering effects until June 27th.

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Hooray…?

So sure: go right ahead and celebrate the end of Mercury retrograde. It will be nice to have the daily details functioning more normally, even if the operative word in this sentence is “more.”

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Wait, that IS English, isn’t it…?

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Life is full of surprises. Even under seemingly the best of circumstances things can go haywire sometimes. So: just in case you were ready to dismiss Mercury now that it’s no longer obviously making trouble for you, keep paying attention to the details. Keep proofreading these emails and make sure you’re sending them to the right place. Make sure you got the tickets before you get to the airport and then you get there on time. And so on.

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Both in physical terms and as far as our perception of how it works in astrology: yes Mercury can be kind of a lightweight. But we ignore it at our own peril.

I don’t know how much things got messed up for you this retrograde, but I know that for me it got messy. And I knew that for some others it was worse than just messy. Apparently Mercury going retrograde in the Sign it rules doesn’t ameliorate its effects as much as one might hope. Certainly spending much of that retrograde period square Neptune in Pisces didn’t help at all.

So here’s an idea: maybe Mercury does these things because it doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. So hopefully you will join me in saying nice things about Mercury and treating it with respect between now and the next retrograde , which will be in mid-September.

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Because frankly if I have to put up with a retrograde like this again anytime soon I might lose my mind.

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