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Ask An Astrologer: Free Will (And Steve’s A Jerk)

posted by Matthew Currie

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PM writes: “I have always been a strong believer in being able to create my own destiny through my free will and efforts, but of late, due to events that have happened in my life, have begun to question the same and acknowledge the possibility of a written fate for everyone. I would love to get your thoughts on this topic. Also if fate really does score over free will, our entire lives and everything that we strive to do and achieve appears pointless.”

Let me tell you about a guy I went to school with named Steve. That’s not his real name, but it’s close enough. Steve was a jerk. He was one of those guys whose family has money, and he was reasonably good-looking, and he was reasonably popular with his male friends and thus, by association, with the girls and pretty much everyone else.

This is not what made him a jerk. What made him a jerk is that he was popular enough and smooth enough with people and good-looking enough that he would get away with all kinds of crap. He was the kind of guy who would give you a random punch in the arm and get away with it, because if anyone told one of the teachers they would automatically side with Steve no matter what… because hey it’s Steve and everyone likes him and he comes from an influential family and he’s never been in trouble before.  And if your evidence against him was too overwhelming, they let him away with it. He would cheat on tests, but knew just enough to look innocent if anyone questioned him about it. If my school years were an Archie comic, he would clearly be Reggie. A less funny, more violent Reggie.

So yeah: Steve was a guy who was handed a lot of gifts the moment he was born and did absolutely nothing with them to make himself a better person in any moral sense.

I never thought much about Steve when I was in high school, and not at all after I left. But one evening when I was sitting back and thinking about people who I remembered from school, I remembered him. I Googled his name and found out what he been up to since his arm-punching days.

After high school, he became a lawyer just like his father was. He must have been pretty good at it, because he got a job with one of the town’s biggest law firms and within two years he had his own firm.

He’s not a lawyer anymore. He quit voluntarily, after an investigation by the Law Society investigated him on 11 allegations of “professional misconduct,” including things like improperly transferring funds from client’s trust funds to his own account and making up phony invoices to hide it. He breached various accounting rules, failed to keep proper books, and in one particularly clever twist, claimed that he didn’t realize taking money from someone’s trust fund and putting it into his own account in violation of a court order would be a bad thing because “he used the Internet.” In all fairness, this happened in the year 2000, and I suppose there is some chance that a lawyer could somehow try to argue that the Internet was a magical new Wonderland not subject to the laws of humans.

Oh, and there was also some stuff about an investment firm he started that ate some people’s retirement savings, and some other thing involving crooked pre-paid credit cards. But I digress.

Now: if I was to build a time machine and go back and discuss all this with myself at that age, Younger Me would not be the least bit surprised. Steve was, after all, a jerk. But what if I built that Time Machine and went back to warn Steve about the consequences of his actions? Would that have stopped him?

I don’t know. Probably. But you know what? I’m willing to bet Steve would find something else underhanded to do, because that’s the kind of guy he is. Or is it because that’s the kind of guy he chose to be?

Thanks to legal documents online, I was able to find Steve’s date of birth. Can we blame Steve’s being a jerk on his Mars trine Jupiter, or him being a Leo with Moon trine Jupiter? Maybe, but that would likely just be hindsight. There’s lots of non-jerks out there who have the same factors in their charts. It seems to me that Steve has had some moral choice in how he has played the hand he was dealt. But ultimately, it’s still the hand he was dealt… and ultimately, that’s how he chose to play it.

So, does that answer your question about free will? Probably not. Philosophers – whether astrologers or not – have been tossing that one around for ages now, and I don’t believe I have anything new to contribute. As Heraclitus said: “character is destiny.” And Steve’s character is that of a jerk.

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Moon In Cancer And The Pants Of Power

posted by Matthew Currie

Once one gets beyond the basics of Sun Sign astrology, you will learn that a person’s birth chart – like people themselves – are a lot more complex. You could spend your entire life studying the many complex interactions between the planets, the Signs they are in, and the aspects they form to each other. And a good place to start your astrological Higher Education is with the Moon Sign.

The Sun is essential to your being, but the Moon is no less important. It represents your gut instincts. It is your basic emotional responses. Understanding a person’s Sun Sign is one thing, but understanding their Sun and Moon Signs and how they work together (or not) will give you a much more complete picture of the person you’re looking at.

By way of illustration, I would like to use an example I normally avoid talking about too much in public: myself.

I have Sun in Sagittarius, but also have Moon in Cancer right on my Ascendant. That Moon is hanging right out there front and center in my birth chart, and this is not always the most comfortable place for any Moon, let alone Moon in Cancer. If you read any of the stock descriptions of Sun in Sagittarius and Moon in Cancer, they are inherently very different. One wants to get the party started, and the other wants to call a cab. One is dancing on the roof and the other is hiding under the bed.

In many ways over the course of my life, I have lived up to the standard expectations of Sun in Sagittarius. I no longer live in the country I was born in, have a certain sense of adventure, love different languages and cultures, and have a certain freewheeling lack of self-discipline, and tend am pretty darned disorganized (sorry Virgos and Capricorns).

However, having Moon in Cancer right on my Ascendant puts an entirely different spin on the matter. That is a placement known for its extreme sensitivity, for not being so pleased with going on wild adventures, and for being a bit of a homebody. In some ways, I spend a fair a mount of time horrified at myself.

In the last few years of my life I’ve felt like I haven’t lived out the potentials of my Moon Sign as much as I should have. There have been moves and adventures aplenty, but my Moon kind of felt… unsatisfied. Yes, I work out of my home, and Moon in Cancer likes that sort of thing. But I’ve felt a little too much like I’ve been living on the edge the last few years.

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Look on my pants, ye Mighty, and despair!

That is: until I discovered my Pants of Power.

You see, these are no ordinary pants. They are in fact “Pajama Jeans.” They are made of cotton, like standard pajamas, but are printed with a pattern to make them look like blue jeans. Well, they look like blue jeans until you get close enough to examine them carefully, but frankly my Moon in Cancer doesn’t want people on the street getting that close to me anyway. And boy are they comfortable. Moon in Cancer has a particular appreciation of the tactile sense.

Now, normally you might think Moon in Cancer would be sensitive to the possible snickers and looks of derision that a pajama-based lifestyle might draw from society. However, when it is combined with the bold pioneering spirit of Sagittarius… well, whatever pal. I’m cozy.

I believe I will now be ditching my entire wardrobe from the waist down and substituting all of my pants for Pajama Jeans. They’re cozy and they pair well with my wide selection of black science fiction- and heavy metal-themed t shirts. Then, between that and ordering my food and supplies online to be delivered, I can just keep working and working from home and never go out and never have to face the terrors of interacting with people ever again! I will build a perfect self-employed work-at-home fortress around myself! I will be insulated! I will be –

Yeah, okay. Maybe we shouldn’t forget about the Sun Sign too much. You’ve got to have some balance. I still need to get out and roam around a lot.

But at least now, I’ll be doing so in comfort.

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Before The Eclipse: Waiting For The Hammer To Fall

posted by Matthew Currie

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Ask any medical student: at some point or another they usually end up believing they have some strange rare disease or something that they’ve read about. “I thought it was just a hangover, but maybe it’s Chagas Disease!” It’s virtually a universal human trait: you can only spend so long looking at the possible disasters before you start believing in one. Astrologers are prone to this sort of thing too. One of the great joys in my line of work has been teaching it, and one thing I can count on is hearing from an old student, typing away at three in the morning, worried about the South Node conjunct their secondary progressed Mercury during a Void of Course Moon, or something.

As I write this, the clock is ticking down to the first of October’s two Eclipses. I’ve already done my best to defuse a few people’s concerns over that matter. Yes I know Eclipses have a big scary reputation, but as I’ve said before: they don’t operate on their own, but within the context of other transits. They bring Bonus Surprises, perhaps… but they always happen within the context of the current storyline being woven by the interaction of the birth chart and transits. So if there’s no storm on the horizon, there’s little need to worry about one sneaking up on you.

But — having said that — I’m reminded of how many times the little transits from the Sun or Moon can be the first pebbles that start the Eclipse Avalanche.

I don’t usually write that much about my personal life here — it’s barely my business, let alone anyone else’s — but I thought I’d make an exception today for illustrative purposes. Astrology is not supposed to be about cowering in terror, waiting for the Divine Hammer to fall. Just as paying too much attention to your health can lead to hypochondria, staring for too long at one’s own birth chart can be a practice that goes wrong. But like many of you I’m feeling Saturn transit over my Neptune and despite the fact that there are many good things in my life right now… there’s also a certain mood hanging over everything.

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I mention all this simply because I want you all to be as relieved (yet unsurprised) as I am when I’m back here, tomorrow, in one piece… just like I know I will be… and you will be too. In the meantime, stay calm and adapt any way that suits you. Find comfort in the presence of a loved one. Pray. Meditate. Light a candle. Watch a favorite movie. Call a friend. You’ve been through worse before, and you’ll make it through this just fine. If you’re worried about your future because of the Eclipses, or your transits, you can find your way to, as they say, keep calm and carry on.

We all have our ways of coping with – Oh look… the liquor store is still open!

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Astrology Ebola Neptune Ebola Panic Saturn Ebola Panic Ebola!!

posted by Matthew Currie

ALL RIGHT PEOPLE… SETTLE DOWN.

Sometimes it’s an astrologer’s job to describe to a person the potential they were born with. Sometimes it’s an astrologer’s job to outline the challenges lie ahead. And sometimes it’s an astrologer’s job to lend a certain larger perspective to life. This is one of those times.

Without even looking at your birth chart, let me make a bold prediction: you will not die of Ebola.

I’ve watched with a degree of horror and fascination in the past few months how the news coverage of the current outbreak of Ebola has grown. Not horror at the disease itself, mind you. I am a long-standing medical geek from way back who knew all about Ebola and the Marburg virus and chikungunya (look it up) long before the general public had heard of them, thank you, and I got over my fear a long time ago.

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Also, it’s not Lupus.

In our modern, hygienic, antiseptic, and well-treated world, we are not as familiar with outbreaks of disease as we used to be. Many of you probably don’t even know anyone in person who died of a communicable disease. And yet it was less than a century ago that the Spanish Flu killed something like 3 to 6 percent of the world’s population. Stop and think about that for a moment.

We’ve been relatively blessed the last few decades, in part because of improved sanitation, more information, and better medicine. And personally, I’m willing to bet that those things, more than anything else, will prevent Ebola from becoming a worldwide pandemic.

I’ve tried to find something astrological to say about all this, but it’s difficult. It might be fun to blame Saturn in Scorpio, or the upcoming eclipses, or whatever – but the truth is that Saturn is in Scorpio every 28 years, eclipses happen all the time, and those factors alone can’t be to blame for an outbreak of disease.

“Mundane astrology” is the observation of how world events affect specific places and groups of people. Take a look at my work on Ferguson Missouri to see how that works. Other astrologers have pointed out that this or that factor may be involved with the current outbreak of Ebola, but they have more to say about it than I do.

Here is my contribution to the astrology of Ebola:

People like to blame the Saturn or Pluto for the scary things in life, and often that’s the case. But Neptune is the planet most responsible for delusions, and paranoia is a form of delusion. Neptune is now in Pisces, and will be there for many years. Neptune rules Pisces, and is thus stronger than average… certainly stronger than it has been in your lifetime or mine, as it’s such a slow planet.

We live in a more connected world than ever, where people can share their thoughts and ideas and physical presence with each other easier than ever before. Overall, I like to think that’s a good thing. But part of the downside is that a disease that breaks out in Africa can make it to your neck of the woods more quickly and more easily than ever before.

Another part of the downside to that is it is easy to share and amplify your delusions and paranoia. It used to be that if you thought that such-and-such was happening because of a nefarious Illuminati plot to depopulate the world so that Big Pharma could make more money (and will someone explain to me how that supposed to work anyway?), you’d have to look long and hard to find other paranoids to network with. Now, anything you want to be afraid of is only a few clicks away. Thank you Google!

That’s the other thing about a more interconnected world, and about Neptune in Pisces. It gives us a chance to dream bigger, and to spread our concerns even further beyond our own little individual lives.

I wonder if are smart enough as a species to take advantage of that?

So: wash your hands and don’t let anyone cough on you. You will be fine. Now, stop worrying and broaden your horizons.

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