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Pisces: Highly Absorbent

posted by Matthew Currie

beliefnet astrology matthew currie piscesHi, I’m Vince for Pisces! You’ll be saying “wow” every time you get involved with one! It’s like a chamois! It’s like a towel! It’s like a sponge! Most people just can’t soak up this much raw sentiment and guilt! Pisces holds twenty times its weight in tears.

Look at this! (wrings Pisces out over a bucket labelled “Emotional Trauma”) Holy cow, can Pisces ever take it!

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Why would you want to work twice as hard, emotionally, with anything else? You have issues? Pisces will soak ‘em up for you. You can make it feel like it’s all Pisces’ fault, and Pisces wrings out good as new! (Bashes Pisces flat against the counter-top) Look at that! Completely dry and ready for more of the same!

Here’s some cola, anger, wine, infidelity, coffee, accusations, and pet stains. Whatever you bring home, Pisces will mop it up and come back for more. Take a Pisces home with you tonight! Marry one! Better yet: get one for your home, and keep one the side at the office. They’ll both blame themselves for your bad behavior! You following me, camera guy? No other sign’s gonna put up with your crap quite like that! Look! I just blamed my drug habit on Pisces… and Pisces takes it! And look, Pisces is still empathizing! It acts like a vacuum! And yet Pisces still thinks I’m cute! See what I’m telling ya?*

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Pisces! You’ll be saying: make mine Fishy!

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*WARNING: Performance varies based on Mars placement. May be toxic depending on Ascendant. Basing product performance based on Sun Sign placement is potentially hazardous.

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The Terror Of Bad Astrology

posted by Matthew Currie

Last Sunday here in Calgary, two heavily armed men of Middle Eastern descent named Mohammed entered a crowded night club and started shooting people. Now, what’s the first word that comes to mind when you hear this?

(pause)

…starts with a “T”…

(pause)

Keep this news story in mind. I’ll get back to it later.

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Last time, I wrote about the importance of not jumping to conclusions based on one or two astrological factors. A reader of this blog recently contacted me with some grave concerns about his birth chart. He sent me a chart that was produced online and addressed some concerns of his brought up by various interpretations of it he had found. And by “addressed some concerns of his,” I mean he was “freaked out by some of the stuff he had read about his birth chart online.” Here are a couple of examples:

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“(I have) a tremendously afflicted 14°Aries Ascendant…”

Okay, hold up there. First of all “tremendously afflicted” is pretty subjective. Yes, your Ascendant is ruled by Mars in Cancer (which is a difficult placement) which is square your Ascendant, and your Ascendant is square your Mercury. But that Mars is ruled by Moon in Taurus (which is the Moon’s exalted placement), and takes a sextile from Venus. So yes, your Ascendant may look like it’s in rough shape if you go by the standards of a typical online interpretation (or one out of a book), but going by isolated interpretations misses out on the larger picture. When computers become right-brained enough to see larger patterns like this readily, it won’t just be the astrologers who are out of a job.

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Admittedly, Mars square Saturn in your chart is problematic. But no one (and no birth chart) is perfect. Mars square Saturn could make for a bad temper… but Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis has Mars square Saturn, and so far as I know the only person she ever beat was “most of the rest of the planet,” and only in terms of net wealth. The aspect made her a dedicated worker despite having been born into a lot of money and then marrying into more of it (twice).

“…my 26° Taurus Moon in the 2nd House is EXACTLY opposite Uranus at 26°Scorpio in the 8th House. I read in a few articles that having that specific Moon/Uranus aspect(especially being in the 2nd & 8th houses) can be an indicator of having a sudden, unexpected & violent death…”

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First of all: if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know I’m not afraid to discuss the astrology of death, and the more I learn and observe, the less obvious the role of the 8th House actually seems to have with death. I sometimes wonder if the 8th House wouldn’t be more accurately described as ruling “concerns about death or matters pertaining to the dead.” Secondly: both the Moon and Uranus are in their exalted placements. Even with the opposition, they’re both pretty strong.

There you go. It’s not all so bad after all, is it?

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Now, what the heck does this all have to do with The Two Shooting Mohammeds?

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The police have officially ruled out terrorism as a motive. In fact, anyone doing at little digging would have soon discovered that at least one of the suspects had a record of some very non-Islamic Fundamentalist drug charges, and that no statements of terrorist intent were issued before or after.

None of this stopped some of the more sensationalist/politically biased web sites out there from reporting this as a terrorist act, because hey… feeding into people’s fears is a great way to get those clicks, isn’t it? But of course, we are all in a self-induced tailspin about terrorism these days, aren’t we? Sure, terrorism is a bad thing… but because of its dramatic nature we’ve all become too focused on it. We’ve made ourselves worse, less accepting, and less free people not because of terrorism so much as the fear of terrorism. Don’t do that to yourself over a canned interpretation of something in your birth chart.

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You aren’t doomed because of a couple of placements or aspects. You certainly aren’t doomed because of bad or incomplete interpretations of those placements or aspects. If you are an American, you are statistically more likely to be killed by an elevator, lightning, prescription painkillers, hypothermia, botched cosmetic surgery, food poisoning, or an attacking pet than by terrorism… and no one has declared a War on any of those lately, have they?

Let’s all just relax and be logical… and when in doubt, call your astrologer.

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Rest In Peace, Matthew Currie

posted by Matthew Currie
...at least he died doing what he loved.

…at least he died doing what he loved.

I seem to recall hearing during my medical education (which I gained entirely from watching TV) that there is a common phenomenon among med students, where at one point or another almost all of them become convinced they have some disease or syndrome that they don’t actually have. That’s perfectly understandable, given how med students spend their days studying what can go wrong with the human body. I myself took a genetics course in college, and after about three weeks became convinced that no one could have a “normal, healthy” baby anywhere, any time.

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I’m sure that accountants see negative numbers more than other people, that chefs smell oregano where others don’t, and that music teachers sometimes think the sound of a malfunctioning washing machine is actually playing a five note ostinato. Our perceptions often shape our experiences (and not just the other way around), and astrologers are no different. I mention this not only as a caution to my fellow astrologers, but also to reassure myself that I’m not going to die in the next few days (probably).

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As the entire Universe knows by now, David Bowie died a few days ago. When I wrote about him, I discussed the details of his birth chart and how it made him who he was, but I didn’t get into the details of how the astrology reflected his death (a controversial subject I’ve covered here before). The only thing about his transits when he died that I noted is that it came shortly after the last New Moon… Sun, Moon and Pluto conjunct in Capricorn, all closely conjunct Bowie’s natal Sun-Mars conjunction. Interesting to be sure, but hardly a cosmic death-knell.

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Then, shortly thereafter, another famous person died… Alan Rickman (it seems God is adding to his collection of great English-speaking voices). I had a casual glance at his birth chart this morning when I heard the news, and there it was — that last New Moon was closely opposite his Mars-Saturn conjunction. Statistically speaking, that’s interesting — but not more than noteworthy. If predicting death with astrology was that easy, I’d be a senior executive at a life insurance company by now.

But then it hit me: that New Moon was also closely conjunct my natal Mars and opposite my Moon and Ascendant.

(Pause)

I have recently recovered from a fairly serious cold. That’s all — just a cold. But for kicks, I went to The WebMD Symptom Checker (home page for hypochondriacs everywhere!) and entered my symptoms. And sure enough — it was a cold. Probably. Of course it could also have been tuberculosis, lung cancer, sarcoidosis, atrial fibrillation, dementia due to head injury, glomerulonephritis, mesenteric lymphadenitis, radiation sickness, ricin poisoning, plague…

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My main point here is that with astrology (as with most other things in life) it’s best not to jump to any conclusions. If you’ve read a lot of astrology in your time, you’ve probably experienced something like this at some point (Sun square Mars? I’m a monster!). I have this theory that with some astrology writers you can tell what the Sun Sign their last major break-up was with.

ARIES: Energetic and enthusiastic.
TAURUS: Stable and nurturing.
GEMINI: Intelligent and communicative.
CANCER: Psychotic control freak!!
LEO: Fun-loving and romantic…

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If you’ve ever found an astrologer who particularly seems to pick on your Sign, it’s the astrologer’s ex’s fault, not yours.

My point here is twofold: first, astrological generalizations can often be useful… but can also do great harm. Second: this is the secret reason why so much astrology on the Internet sucks.

More details next time (unless I’m invited to that exclusive Bowie concert).

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All Your Saturn Square Neptune Problems Solved!

posted by Matthew Currie

Saturn square Neptune is the biggest astrological news of 2016. It will be in effect for most if not all of the year, and hits exact this June and November. Like any other major difficult aspect, it doesn’t guarantee doom for everyone, but for some of us it will be difficult, especially if you have major placements around 6-12 degrees of the Mutable Signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces). Even if you don’t, it’s certainly going to have an effect on the world in general, and likely on someone close to you.

As I have written here before, it’s hard to imagine two planets with more different agendas. Saturn wants your life to have structure and order and stability… or it will break your legs trying. Neptune wants you to dive deep into the spiritual side of life and embrace it… or possibly dive deeply into a drink or a drug or an ideology that ultimately won’t help at all.

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The square aspect indicates a conflict that has no obvious resolution. Sure, if we were under the influence of Saturn trine Neptune, I could lay the “love and light” on thick and tell you that “all your dreams can true if you put in the work, hooray!” However, the square requires a lot more work and a lot more patience.

So how the heck does one manage this seeming no-win scenario? Well, there are two ways to do so. One is to simply keep in mind that if you are here and alive and reading these words right now (I’ll pause here for a second so you can check your pulse just to make sure)…

…then you’ve lived through aspects at least as difficult as The Great Saturn Neptune Square Of 2016.

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Part of the way you can get through these times, other than to simply take it on the chin and struggle through, is to use your Mercury… in other words, your brain. Saturn has a way of making people frightened, but so (in a very different way) does Neptune. Frightened people don’t tend to make wise choices for themselves, and the more frightened you are, the less likely you are to find a proper solution for yourself.

Easier said than done? Maybe, but beware anyone or anything that offers you uniformly easy answers. You’ll have to put in the work (Saturn) and have the faith (Neptune) to think your way through.

Here are some examples of typical modern fears that are being fueled by Saturn square Neptune, and how you can use your Mercury to solve these dilemmas.

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Saturn: “If I complain more, my mate will eventually stop doing X, which I hate.”
Neptune: “Maybe if I just show more compassion to my mate about X, he/she will come around to my way of seeing it.”
Mercury: “If X hasn’t stopped despite your efforts, is X a deal-breaker? If so, leave. If not, try a different tactic… or give up.”

Saturn: “If we take away all the guns no one would get shot!”
Neptune: “If everyone had a gun no one would get shot!”
Mercury: “Simple, slogan-like answers rarely solve complex problems. ”

Saturn: “If we just drop more bombs on the right people, we can end terrorism!”
Neptune: “Maybe if we just leave them alone the terrorists will stop hating us!”
Mercury: “Terrorism works because of the terror it induces. Your odds of dying from food poisoning are a lot higher. Put it in perspective.”

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Saturn: “I never put time into that project I want to take up, because I suck.”
Neptune: “I’m sure one day I’ll get around to that project I want to take up.”
Yoda: “Do or do not. There is no ‘try.'”

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