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Weekly Horoscope And Grenade Launcher Etiquette: September 22-28, 2014

posted by Matthew Currie

This week’s zodiacal activity is all about getting along with others and the correct application of force. The Sun enters Libra on Monday and that naturally puts an emphasis on “relationships.” That’s also the day that Pluto stops going retrograde and takes on particular strength. And the New Moon in Libra late Tuesday/early Wednesday gives us a chance to reboot the cycles we’ve found ourselves in, with particular emphasis on how well we play with others. That all sounds fine and well, doesn’t it? Hey: did you notice the bit where I mentioned Pluto? Yeah. Not so straightforward after all, it seems. You have the chance to straighten out your connections with others, sure. But Pluto packs an extra punch. Like, an explosive punch. Let me explain.

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This is NOT how to negotiate a raise at your hospital job.

I learned a lot about playing well with others in school. As a matter of fact, as most of you who have gone to public school know, school isn’t as much about learning things like spelling and biology as you might think. Yeah, there’s math and stuff, but school is largely a matter of learning to wait your turn and raise your hand and ask to go to the bathroom and generally to not steamroll others. You might not remember how to work with fractions anymore, but odds are good you are still interacting with human beings in one form or another. It turns out that numerous school districts across the United States have received free weapons from the military as part of a program to… I don’t know, Homeland Security or something. Let’s be honest here: America loved big explosions all along, and simply can’t get enough of the heavy armaments, so why not? The point is there are school boards across America now that have their own armored vehicles, M-16 machine guns, and grenade launchers. Yeah. Nothing could go wrong there, am I right? So yes, your will is strong to change your relationships with others. And yes, Libra season is all about “relating.” But with the extra added punch of Pluto, you ought to be careful. Really, really careful. Here is a quick guide as to how to handle your personal situations in the next week, as taught in the (now heavily-armed) School Of Life.

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DON’T SAY: “I am sick and tired of how you are always in my face about things!” DO SAY: “I realize you have numerous concerns with me, and that’s okay. This M-16 has 50 rounds in its clip, so I feel I can address each of your issues individually. Please, share.” DON’T SAY: “Why does it seem like you’re always trying to keep me from getting anywhere with this relationship?” DO SAY: “I would like to see this relationship go somewhere too. Now please step aside: I’m still not entirely sure how to steer this armored personnel carrier.” DON’T SAY: “I don’t think I’m getting the recognition at this job I deserve.” DO SAY: “I have made a list of the many contributions I have made to the business. Here it is, taped to the end of my grenade launcher. Please review it at your earliest convenience.” DON’T SAY: “I am armed to the teeth and I don’t care who gets killed – things with us have to change!” DO SAY: “Honey, let’s talk about our relationship.”

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Transiting Saturn Conjunct Your Neptune: A Steamroller For Your Dreams

posted by Matthew Currie

beliefnet mattew currie saturn conjunct neptuneEven though in many ways my life is going pretty well, I feel a vice-like grip crushing my soul. Astrologers aren’t any more objective about themselves than anyone else is about themselves, when you get right down to it. If a client of mine with my birth chart came to me and asked about this, the cause would be immediate and obvious: transiting Saturn is conjunct my natal Neptune. If you were born anywhere in the 60s, you either had this feeling in one form or another recently or will soon. Don’t worry: if you were born in the 70s or 80s, your time is coming.

Between now and December, Saturn will be passing through the rest of Scorpio. It pauses and goes retrograde in March just short of 5° Sagittarius and re-enters Scorpio in June, finally emerging again in September 2015. Saturn then goes on to 16° Sagittarius in March 2016. There is good that can come from this transit, but it’s rarely fun or easy, even if there are good things happening in your life overall.

This means that in the next year and a half, Saturn will run over the Neptune of everyone born between late 1965 and late 1978.

Ouch.

Here is when you can expect the Saturn-Neptune sucking to reach its peak in your life:

Born 1964-1966: now until mid-November.

Born 1969-1973: Double whammy! Saturn will be all over your Neptune between November this year and November 2015. That’s how retrogrades work. Thanks, retrogrades!

Born 1974-1979: You will be feeling the Saturn pinch from about November 2015 through to the middle of 2016.

Of course, you’ll be having plenty of other transits during that time, and many of them will undoubtedly be very good and constructive. But Saturn coming within 5° or less of your natal Neptune can be a really painful time. Yes, it can give you the discipline to make your dreams more of a reality. Yes, it can teach you that important lesson to “let go and let God.” But it generally isn’t a very happy transit. It can rob you of a lot of your illusions, and let’s be honest here: sometimes it’s the illusions that make life a lot more bearable. It can also be a time when a chronic health problems especially immune issues become more serious.

However, the Saturn Steamroller is not without its benefits. You can’t live in an illusion forever, and if you want your reality to even come close to matching your dreams, you’re going to need a bracing jab of cold Saturn’s steel to make it happen.

A lot of this depends on the other placements in your chart. In my case: I have a particularly strongly-aspected Neptune, which means that even though I am experiencing this, some other departments of my life are going pretty well. But still: it sucks. Did I mention that already?

One of the great joys of astrology is being able to look ahead an know that it won’t last forever — and that by such-and-such a date the pain will stop, and then afterwards something good will come of life. In times like this, it’s a comfort to be able to look ahead and see something other than more darkness.

In the meantime, though…

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Learn Astrology: The Ascendant — Examining Your Gorilla Mask

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The conventional wisdom in astrology is that the Ascendant is just some kind of mask you wear. If the Sun is your ego and general spark of life, and the Moon is your emotions and gut reactions, then the Ascendant (or “rising sign” as it is often called) is at most the way it all comes out and presents itself to the world. It has a lot to do with how you look and how you come across to people, and the Ascendant is where we start counting around your chart to determine your House placements. But it’s a lot more significant than just that.

Suppose you walked around all the time wearing a gorilla mask. You would know you’re not a gorilla, and presumably others around you would assume you weren’t one too. But I’ll bet that if you made a lifestyle of it, eventually people would start to treat you as if you were a gorilla. And if enough people treat you like you’re a gorilla, you might start to act like one, and the more you acted like a gorilla the more likely people will be to treat you like one, and so on.

How you come across to people is a function of the Ascendant, and planets closely aspecting the Ascendant. But even if you don’t have any planets closely aspecting your Ascendant, your Ascendant is in one of the 12 signs. Figure out what planet rules the Sign your Ascendant is in, find what House of your birth chart that planet is in, and you will go a long way towards decoding how people see you and respond to you. In turn, you’ll also learn how others perceptions of you have affect your perception of yourself.

Here’s a handy list of those rulers:

Aries: Mars      Taurus: Venus     Gemini: Mercury   Cancer: The Moon

Leo: The Sun    Virgo: Mercury   Libra: Venus    Scorpio: Pluto

Sagittarius: Jupiter   Capricorn: Saturn   Aquarius: Uranus   Pisces: Neptune

If the ruler of the 1st is in the 1st House, it can make for a bit of impulsiveness and an unconscious assumption that everyone around you understands your intentions when you say or do things. It tends to make you generally pretty personable too. Even if you aren’t in sales, you’ve probably had people say something like “with your personality, you should be in sales.”

With the ruler of the 1st in the 2nd House, your personal behaviors and activities tend to be pointed towards “security issues”… whether that’s making money or establishing your place in the pecking order. You generally come across to people as pretty solid even if you don’t feel that way.

Ruler of the 1st in the 3rd House puts the emphasis on communicating your needs and your thoughts to others. You like asking questions, are good at explaining the answers, and are probably kind of chatty.

The ruler of the 1st House in the 4th House means you like that feeling of security you get when you’re in a comfortable situation and are probably good at putting people at ease and at being a comfort to those in need… but an anarchic environment can really set your nerves on edge.

Ruler of the 1st House in the 5th House tends to make you a lot of fun to hang out with in general. You’re personable and probably fairly charming, and can handle children, games, and romance well when you put your mind to it. This can also give you some leadership qualities.

Having the ruler of your 1st House in your 6th House gives you a tendency to file and sort and organize the people in your life into the right slots, and you are probably most comfortable in an environment where you know your role and what is expected of you. You do good work and come across as fairly professional.

Ruler of the 1st in the 7th House gives you a concern for “the other guy.” it’s not your style to ruffle feathers just for sport or to step out of line, usually. Although you understand the natural “give and take” that comes with relationships, there’s a chance you might do too much of the giving for your own good.

When the ruler of the 1st is in the 8th House, you tend to express a lot of curiosity about life and love digging in a little deeper with the people you know. You can be cautious around other people at first until you’ve gotten a good sense of where they are coming from. You might get more sexual advances than you were looking for, and sometimes from the wrong people.

Ruler of the 1st House in the 9th House tends to make you intellectually outgoing… a “student of life.” You work best in an environment where there is a free flow of ideas happening within a larger, more orderly context. Ultimately, you tend to act based on your own judgement of things, and usually it turns out you were right to do so.

Having the 1st House ruler in your 10th House makes you goal-oriented, a good worker and employee, but also a good leader. You don’t necessarily want to be “famous,” but things go best when everyone understands why you’re here and what you’re doing. Maintaining a stable world around yourself is important to you.

When the ruler of the 1st House is in the 11th House, you tend to be good with groups, social circles, and understand “office politics” in whatever form they occur. You’re probably good at treating people fairly and equitably, and that sort of thing is especially important to you in your daily life.

The ruler of the 1st House in the 12th House tends to make you run on instinct, to have a sense for the deeper meaning of life, and to have a fair degree of psychic or intuitive ability. Sometimes that sensitivity helps your relationships with others… and sometimes it’s simply “too much information.” You deal best with the world when you occasionally get the chance to hide quietly away from it.

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Your Weekly Horoscope (With Extra Paranoia): September 15-21, 2014

posted by Matthew Currie

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Some weeks are harder than others to write a weekly forecast about. Like this week, for example. There is some nice supportive stuff going on, and Mars has entered Sagittarius, sure. But nothing grabs people’s attention like bad news, and frankly there seems to be a shortage of that going on this week.

Mars Square Neptune.

Sure, Mars square Neptune is in effect now, but it doesn’t even reach its peak until the end of the week. So why should we worry about it now? For once, Saturn isn’t misbehaving.

The neighbors are watching you.

And yeah, technically we are entering the “shadow period” of Mercury Retrograde, so there is a chance our thoughts and communications may not be as clear as intended, but just stay focused and proofread and everything ought to be fine.

You’re a fool if you believe that.

Venus is moving into the sextile with Saturn, so later in the week it should be easier to stabilize your finances and affections. Venus is in Virgo, which may not be the most exciting place for her, but it’s relatively thoughtful and stable and not prone to rash emotional actions.

Someone will break your heart.

*sigh* Okay, I hear you, Little Voice In The Back Of My Mind. As far as Mars square Neptune goes: sure, that’s within 3° of being exact. And yes, that particular aspect can make for some weird emotional states. Of course, depending on the details of your own birth chart, this will affect some more than others. But let’s not worry about that, shall we? We can’t spend all our time waiting for the other shoe to drop, especially when you consider that often there was no first shoe in the first place.

Potential tragedy lurks behind every corner.

Life always carries a certain degree of risk with it. You know that by now. You can’t let worrying about everything bad that could happen get to you, because EVERYTHING bad that could happen never actually happens. Not ALL of it, not all at once at the very least. So just breathe through it and you’ll be fine, okay?

Just wait until next week.

Shut up!

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