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March 2015: Astrology Of The Solar Eclipsopocalypse!

posted by Matthew Currie
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Oh, sure, why not?

People, please: settle down. Now is not the time to get all panicky over the title of a blog entry… unless of course you happen to be a fan of that 12 COMMON HOUSEHOLD ITEMS THE GOVERNMENT WON’T TELL YOU ARE KILLING YOU style of Internet writing, in which case I would advise you to either look elsewhere for your thrills, or perhaps seek some form of treatment, because after all RUBBING CHIA SEEDS ON YOUR HEAD IS THE CURE FOR PARANOIA YOUR DOCTOR DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT!

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I’ve written about the effects of Solar and Lunar eclipses before. Yes, they are significant, but astrologers — myself included — sometimes tend to get a little overly excited about them. The astrological effects of an eclipse are part of that agitation, but undoubtedly the Sun going dark in the middle of the day has left a strong impression on all of us. Let’s be honest here: if you’ve ever seen a total Solar Eclipse for yourself, it’s pretty darn spooky.

The effects of an eclipse on your personal birth chart can be pretty darn spooky too… at least “spooky” in the sense of “nebulous, weird, and a bit hard to figure out.” They rarely have an immediate effect the day they happen. They tend to lurk in the background until the next set of eclipses, acting as a temporarily energized point in your birth chart that is likely to get tripped off by other transits later on once you’ve forgotten about it, like that “beware of shark” sign at the beach everyone ignores until the one day something finally goes really horribly wrong.

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And to be clear: the effects of an eclipse on your birth chart aren’t necessarily bad at all. They are frequently weird and unexpected, but not inherently terrible. Winning the lottery is “weird and unexpected,” right?

This week’s Solar Eclipse is unusual for a couple of reasons. First of all, it’s a “Super Moon”: one of those times when the Moon is a little closer in its orbit to the Earth than usual, and thus looks a little bigger. What are the astrological effects of a Super Moon versus a regular Moon? Beats me, honestly. The phenomenon has always existed but no one came up with that name for it until the late 70s… but it’s not the sort of thing that would make it less significant I figure. Secondly, it happens less than an hour before the Sun enters Aries and Spring officially begins in the Northern Hemisphere (Autumn if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere).

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Further complicating things is that this eclipse happens at 29 1/2° Pisces. What’s interesting about that is that, since both the Sun and Full Moon in the sky cover a spread of 2 1/2°, in a sense it’s difficult to say whether or not this Eclipse actually happens entirely in very late Pisces or partly in very early Aries.

Despite all that confusion, here are the basics you need to know about how this Solar Eclipse will affect you.

There will be an increased chance of unexpected or unusual circumstances happening in your life related to the House the eclipse falls in, and/or any important points in your chart it is closely aspecting.

Those unexpected or unusual circumstances won’t happen in a complete vacuum: they need to be set off or supported by other transits you’re having between now and the next set of eclipses this September.

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– One of the more old-school astrological rules I find still holds is that if the eclipse happens “above the horizon” in your birth chart (that is, between the 7th and 12th Houses) it’s more likely to have an effect than if it happens in the bottom half of your chart.

Finally, the most useful thing about a Solar Eclipse? I am a big fan of telling people to set out their intentions on a New Moon as to what they want to change about their lives in the next month. An eclipse can be an especially powerful time to sit down and think about the things you want to change about your existence, not just in the coming month but in the next several months. After all, there’s a dragon eating the Sun… that has to be significant, doesn’t it?

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So: no need to panic. Now, having said that, I am still strongly resisting the urge to hide under the bed just a little. I’m human, I admit it, and eclipses are still a bit spooky.

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The Uranus-Pluto Square In The (Black) Rear View Mirror

posted by Matthew Currie

beliefnet astrology matthew currie uranus plutoSo: the Uranus-Pluto square is finally over, having it reached its last exact peak on Monday. We can all stop worrying now, right?

Not so fast.

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The Uranus Pluto conjunction of the mid 1960s is the single astrological aspect which most clearly defined that era… but it reached its last exact aspect in 1966. You may have noticed that many of the cultural and historical firestorms it set off continued for sometime afterwards, or didn’t even really get properly started until afterwards. That’s how it works. If the storm blows away your home on Monday, you’ll still be picking up the mess on Tuesday. Even if your insurance company gives you a fully furnished new home by the end of the week, your old stuff is still gone. Furthermore: the psychological issues about losing all your stuff to a storm could well last the rest of your life.

The Uranus Pluto Square will be within orb for at least another year and a half. It still has great potential to give us important breakthroughs or cause a lot of mayhem yet, depending on whatever transits you’re having on any given day. Of course, that’s the way any astrological transit works, but it bears repeating.

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Put another way: Last night I saw a police car drive by with only one headlight working. I was strongly tempted to pull him over and give him a ticket. In theory, I might even have a legal right to do so. It might be some sort of “public safety” thing. And since the last peak of the Uranus Pluto conjunction is now behind us, it would be perfectly safe and wise for me to do so next time I see that, wouldn’t it?

Ummm, I’m guessing “no.”

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Uranus Pluto aspects always represents a struggle between deep and powerful Absolutes one way or another. That sort of thing tends to leave a mark which carries an effect long after the transit itself is over.

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Here’s an example from popular culture. The original Twilight Zone TV series began in 1959 and ran until 1964. It ended at the peak of the Uranus Pluto square, and yet its influence continues to this day.

Here is the standard formula for a Twilight Zone episode:

– Ordinary people leading ordinary lives are suddenly exposed to an influence that is magical, science-fictional, or just plain weird (Uranus)

– A liberal application of Human Nature results in something terrifying or depressing as a result (Pluto)

– As a result, something about human nature is shown to us… maybe something we don’t like to see.

Now consider another television program that has arisen during the Uranus Pluto Square, one that follows almost exactly the same formula… a show called Black Mirror.

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There are only a few episodes of it (because it’s a British series and the British often steadfastly refuse to produce more of anything than they have decent scripts for). Black Mirror follows the same basic formula as The Twilight Zone, except instead of “magic” The Uranus factor is, in each story, a different extension of current technology and/or cultural trends that either exist or is a reasonable projection from current trends.

Like The Twilight Zone, that child of the Uranus Pluto conjunction, it deals heavily in irony. Unlike The Twilight Zone, and perhaps more appropriate to our modern era and the Uranus Pluto square, the results in Black Mirror are absolutely brutal. How brutal? So brutal that for me to give you a plot description for the first episode alone would be the quickest way for Beliefnet to show me the door. In a hurry. Look it up if you like.

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Both shows deal with the eternal verities of human nature when challenged or exposed by the strange and unusual. The difference between the two shows is the difference between the Uranus Pluto conjunction and the Uranus Pluto square.

The Twilight Zone was inherently a little pessimistic, but usually… well, often… tried to hold out the best for humanity. Black Mirror holds its reflective surface up to your face, then smashes it over your head, and says something like “how did you like that? Want to watch another episode now?”

This, I figure, is the big difference between the Conjunction and the Square.

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So yes: let’s all start waving goodbye to the Uranus Pluto Square now. But let’s not get cocky about it, and let’s remember that – as both The Twilight Zone and Black Mirror would remind us – things in the rear view mirror are closer than they appear — and sometimes they catch up to us later.

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This Week’s Shocking Astrology Forecast!

posted by Matthew Currie

The big aspect to watch out for this week is Mars in Aries, conjunct Uranus and square Pluto. Although the exact aspect has passed by now, it’s still in effect, so don’t get lazy with my warning: tempers will be sharp. Things left to simmer will boil over. Even if the exact degrees are obviously affecting anything big in your chart, you are surrounded by other human beings who may not be so fortunate, and who might just blow their stack at you. I’m going to keep warning you about it despite the fact that once an aspect leaves the exact degree, forecasters tend to lose sight of the fact that it’s still in play.

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…which brings me to the subject of my Grade 10 electronics class.

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I am not a stupid person, and normally I understand the need to play safe. And yet for some strange reason I totally forgot that, if you pick up the circuit board for a strobe light, even if it’s unplugged… you’re going to get a shock.. A big one.

Why were we making a strobe light in electronics class in grade 10? It was the ’70s. That’s my only defense. I’m sure that in the intervening years between me leaving high school and now, lawyers have sufficiently involved themselves in the process that grade 10 students are no longer exposed to this sort of thing.

Note to self: find out if they still have “shop class” in modern high schools.

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The big aspect to watch out for this week is Mars in Aries, conjunct Uranus and square Pluto. Although the exact aspect has passed by now, it’s still in effect, so don’t get lazy with it. Keep your guard up with both yourself and others. Are you paying attention?

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So yeah, most of the first week of Electronics 10 class was loaded with warnings about electrical safety. Never handle a circuit board when it’s plugged in. Even if it isn’t plugged in a circuit board can still carry a charge in the capacitors. Capacitors are designed to hold a charge until a certain point, then release it. Yes, even if the circuit board isn’t plugged in.

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The big aspect to watch out for this week is Mars in Aries, conjunct Uranus and square Pluto. Although the exact aspect has passed by now, it’s still in effect, so ARE YOU STILL PAYING ATTENTION?

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Of course teenagers are mostly stupid creatures, who have little sense of their mortality… especially when you’re stuck in Electronics 10 class and you’re insanely bored because you’ve already finished your strobe light and out of 25 students there are only five girls and one of them is Karen Browne who actually talks to you and even thinks you’re kind of amusing (in a good way) and she comes in late and it’s a choice between her sitting next to you or Shawn S. who is a complete jerk and oh my God she’s wearing that sweater so I’d better make a space for her by moving my strobe light —

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ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION???

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Inside The Mind Of Aquarius

posted by Matthew Currie
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The Twelve Signs need new words to describe them… so I’m making some up.

AQUARIUS (January 20-February 18)

Best personal trait: Original thinking
Worst personal trait: Original thinking

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Who was the first person to ride a bicycle? Think about it for a second. Did you ever learn how to ride a bicycle? Odds are very good that at some point in your life you did. And so far as I can tell, the old adage is perfectly true: you never forget how to do it. But at the same time, imagine this: what if you had never seen anyone ride a bicycle before? What if you were the very first person who got the idea that it could be done at all?

Now, think back to when you were learning to ride a bike. Remember that feeling when you were a little kid, when you simply could not get the hang of it? Maybe some of you were naturals at cycling, but that’s not my experience. If it’s the sort of thing you’d never seen being done before, the whole concept seems a bit ridiculous.

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What got into that first cyclist’s head that made him or her think it could be done? Staying balanced on two wheels sounds incredibly stupid if you think about it. Try staying upright on a bicycle for a few seconds without putting your feet on the ground. It’s pretty much impossible. Now imagine the first maniac who thought “…but if I just kept moving, what would happen? Maybe it would all work out somehow and I could go in a straight line with this thing!”

That’s just nuts. And yet once you’ve learned it, it’s the most natural thing in the world. And unicycles? Don’t get me started on unicycles. Please. That’s even nuttier.

So, you see: nothing truly new and exciting in life ever happens (other than natural disasters of course) unless someone is willing to do something crazy. If it weren’t for that kind of thinking, our ancestors would have never climbed down out of the trees.

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Now: enough talking. Help me attach the rocket booster to this lawn chair, will you? I have to be in Chicago in 45 minutes!

(More fun at the expense of Aquarius HERE)

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