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Full Moon In Sagittarius 2014: Jump NOW!

posted by Matthew Currie

I often find myself saying things like “the New Moon is a time to start something new” or “the Full Moon is a time when temporary tensions can make things break down,” or something like that. I tend to say these things because they are generally true, and are common astrological wisdom. But sometimes, we should try to remember the old wisdom that the end of one story is the beginning of another. This week’s Full Moon in Sagittarius carries powerful potential for both endings and beginnings.

Maybe there is something in your life that needs to end. It might be a relationship or a career path, or it may be a recurring pattern within a relationship or a career, or a self-destructive habit. There’s probably something or other in your life that has been vexing you for the last year and a half or two years. Astrologically, that’s due to the Uranus-Pluto square. That transit has created a lot of long-standing, miserable conditions, and whatever your situation is, it probably doesn’t have a quick and easy solution. Then again, it was only a quick series of bold strokes that solve the problem of the Gordian Knot.

As I discussed in my previous blog entry on this Full Moon, there is a Mars-Pluto square that makes this weekend a particularly highly-charged time. Mars in Libra is also opposite Uranus, and that lends even more potential to make sudden and dramatic moves… whether we’re talking about yourself or someone else in your life.

Sometimes your comfort zone needs to be challenged. And sometimes your comfort zone only exists because it’s accommodating some greater discomfort you’re avoiding.

… And how well has that worked out for you so far?

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This Full Moon also coincides with an exact Venus-Saturn opposition. Under the best of circumstances, a Venus-Saturn opposition has a heavy feeling, and can create a lot of drag on the situations that Venus rules: namely, love and finances. If you’re facing difficulties in those departments that appear to be a temporary glitch, then perhaps now is not the time to throw the baby out with the bathwater. But you may find yourself in the middle of a situation that has become prolonged and dragged out and will only get heavier in the next few days.

In a situation like that, sometimes it’s the best thing for everyone and everything to make the break yourself, rather than waiting for the roof to cave in and relieve you of it by accident. Sometimes, even when a big move seems potentially dangerous and destructive, you just got to jump. Jump NOW.

(Even if you haven’t got a clue what the heck “Babylon 5″ is… this clip makes a pretty handy metaphor for what I’m talking about. If so… it might just speak to you anyway. Sometimes leaping into the unknown is the obvious best choice.)

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If you’ve been fighting against a situation like that, this may be the weekend to strap on your helmet and go into battle. And as is so often the case with life’s major conflicts, once you enter the fray you may discover that the things you blamed on someone else were really at least as much your own doing, whether it’s because you were avoiding something you feared, or because you thought you were doing “the right thing,” or simply because you thought accommodating the situation would somehow make it change.

The good news is: once you discover that a great deal of your opponent’s strength was strength that you lent him, you are half way to winning back your life simply by refusing to cooperate with that dynamic.

If any of this sounds like a situation find yourself in now, then this weekend offers real and positive solutions for the long-term. If your cause is just, then put on your helmet, sharpen your sword, and be brave. That should prove to be what’s needed to make the change you’ve got to have.

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Mercury Retrograde: Arguing With Mockingbirds

posted by Matthew Currie

(Are you prepared for the craziness of this week’s Full Moon? Click HERE for the forecast!)

Mercury retrograde periods are notorious for mis-communications of all kinds. As an astrologer, I constantly finding myself doing two conflicting things about Mercury retrograde: warning people of its perils, and assuring people that it’s no big deal. On Saturday, the day Mercury went retrograde, I was provided with a reminder that being aware of Mercury retrograde and being immune two it are two very different things.

That evening, I found myself in the middle of a serious argument with a friend. It was over a matter that could have been cleared up fairly quickly and easily, but a combination of misunderstanding and a couple of difficult days lead to a major blowout. Neptune preparing to go retrograde square my Mercury probably didn’t help either. The matter has still not been entirely sorted out, but I hope for the best.

Mulling this matter over after the fact caused me some consternation, and led to a bout of insomnia. When this happens to me – which is more often that I like, so much so that I’ve actually gone to sleep clinics for it – I often find the best way to settle my brain down is to go for a long walk at night. As we all know, there are various medications one can take for insomnia, but all of them have unfortunate side effects. Whereas, what could possibly go wrong with a late night stroll by oneself on the streets of a major American city?

(Please note: the author is a Sagittarius. Sagittarius has a reputation for reckless optimism.)

I have always taken an interest in the local wildlife wherever I’ve lived. Moving from Canada to California and then to New York, I’ve noticed that more often than not the species involved are largely the same. Everywhere I have lived has had sparrows and squirrels and cats and seagulls. But each place has its own unique local inhabitants. There is one particularly loud bird that has a tendency to get loud at night here in New York that I hadn’t encountered before: the mockingbird.

I was standing out in the back alley behind my apartment preparing to go in and try to sleep again, having just finished a conversation with a very drunk new acquaintance about the state of his love life (YO WHAT UP B-DAWG TOLDYA I’D MENTION YOU ON MY BLOG! HOPE YOUR BABY-MAMA LET YOU BACK IN! BROOKLYN, REPRESENT!) when I stopped and listened to the mockingbird in the tree behind my place.

The mockingbird doesn’t make one or two distinct calls like most species of birds. It makes a wide range of sounds, often mimicking other sounds in its environment. Thanks to the Internet, I was able to identify the species and decided to attempt a conversation with the bird, namely by playing portions of this video to it on my phone:

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…And the mockingbird responded, not only by becoming much louder, but by mimicking some of the mimicked car-alarm sounds from the video I was playing to it.

To me, this was pretty exciting stuff. There I was, acting like I just made first contact with an extraterrestrial intelligence. What I hadn’t realized… or rather, that I had forgotten in my half awake state… is that the primary reason birds singing is to either mark off their territory from other birds, or to find a mate. If all birds wore translation callers like that dog from Up did, the air in most places would be filled with voices all day long shouting either “get lost!” Or “hey baby!”

In fact, I had unintentionally set off the avian vocal equivalent of a turf war. The bird in question became more agitated and, believe it or not, even louder. I admit that, once my mostly-awake brain had put this together, I felt bad.

… But not as bad as I did when a few minutes later my landlord, who as it turns out is also prone to insomnia, came out to see what was going on. Fortunately, I mastered the “innocent look” at an early age.

The mockingbird came out of it keeping his territory, and I was not forced to go looking for new territory myself. And by about 4:30 AM the mockingbird finally stopped, and he and the landlord and myself all finally managed to get some sleep.

So, today’s Mercury retrograde lesson? Watch what you say. And when you say it. And how loudly. And be careful who you’re keeping awake with all your noise.

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Your Full Moon In Sagittarius Forecast: Dropkick Me Jesus

posted by Matthew Currie

A Full Moon may not be the astrological transit that brings the big changes you need (or those you didn’t ask for), but the natural extra dose of tension that a Full Moon can deliver is sometimes just the thing you need to have a breakthrough… or maybe have a breakdown.

This month’s Full Moon happens on Thursday/Friday the 13th/14th of June 2014 (depending on what time zone you’re in), and although the Sun-Moon opposition technically only happens for a few hours, it’s traditional to refer to “the three nights of the Full Moon,” and I personally find that’s how it works. So think of this forecast as a prediction for the general tone of things at the end of your work week and heading into the weekend. Fridays can actually be pretty dramatic on their own, given how many people’s social lives start then… and also given how many layoffs and terminations happen on that day.

Since this Full Moon happens in Sagittarius — which has a reputation for being fond of sports and games — and since this is a spiritual web site, let’s examine this month’s Full Moon through the lens of that classic song of faith… Bobby Bare’s 1976 classic entry into the obscure and entirely under-appreciated genre of “Christian Football Waltzes,” Dropkick Me Jesus. Any song that sounds equally at home in a church or a honkytonk bar during Happy Hour has to have a bit of Sagittarius going for it, doesn’t it?

Feel free to click on the video below and sing along while you’re reading. And if you’re at work while you’re reading this… well, I suppose you tell your boss it’s a Freedom Of Religion thing, or maybe wait until you’re home.

Come to think of it, you’d better wait until you’re home… if it’s a Full Moon, your boss might be edgy.

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Dropkick me, Jesus, through the goalposts of life
End over end, neither left nor to right
Straight through the heart of them righteous uprights
Dropkick me, Jesus, through the goalposts of life

(You’ve probably got some kind of an idea where you want you life to be going, and a Full Moon can fuel that, or provide a temporary roadblock. Either way, don’t over-react during a Full Moon. Maintain a sense of balance.)

Make me, oh make me, Lord, more than I am
(But the Moon will be exactly quincunx Jupiter, so there’s a chance you’ll overestimate just how much more than yourself you can be.)
Make me a piece in your master game plan
(Jupiter rules philosophical world-views, and , and that Moon quincunx may have you relying too much on intuition or prayer when common sense would be a better approach.)
Free from the earthly tempestion below
(“Tempestion”? Is that even a word? Oh right — Mercury is retrograde. Please be cautious with your communications. Proofread carefully, and think carefully before you speak out.)
I’ve got the will, Lord, if you got the toe.
(He does, I’m sure. Now let’s see how well the Universe plays along with your ideas.)

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Bring on the brothers who’ve gone on before
And all of the sisters who’ve knocked on your door
(Mercury retrograde trine Neptune retrograde will amplify that sense that you’re getting spiritual guidance, perhaps even from those who have passed on. That’s great, but again… common sense, people.)
All the departed dear loved ones of mine
Stick ‘em up front in the offensive line

(Speaking of “offensive”: this Full Moon features an EXACT Mars-Pluto square. There’s plenty of potential for explosiveness in the air. You should also go back and read the forecast for the Mars segment of the Cardinal Grand Cross, because the Uranus and Pluto segments of that forecast will be back in full effect now specifically, and for the rest of the month in general. Whatever sources of tension you were facing in January are likely to be back in some form in the next month.)

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A lowly bench warmer I’m contented to be
Until the time when you have need of me
(Jupiter is square the Moon’s Nodes, so Karma may come calling for you this week one way or another — the bonds you have to both people and ideas you hold close could very well be challenged.)
The flash on the big scoreboard shines from on high
The big Super Bowl way up in the sky
(And finally: good news! The Jupiter-Saturn trine is still in effect, and you can still get the constructive benefits that will bring you!)

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Neptune Shrugged: The Astrology of Bowe Bergdahl

posted by Matthew Currie

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(More about Neptune… “Neptune: The Ultimate Nullifier”… is HERE)

Many of you out there will have already formed a very strong opinion about the Bowe Bergdahl situation, and about the man himself. To many, he’s a traitor. To others, he’s a conscientious objector. To some he’s a victim, and others he is a villain. Personally, the more I look into this matter, the less I am actually sure what to believe. And if you know nothing about the Bowe Bergdahl case… you may understand it better than a lot of commentators seem to. Read on…

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One should always try to be objective about a person when looking at their birth chart. For those who have read my previous blog entries about Kanye West or Kim Kardashian, you know I don’t always have an easy time doing that. But if Kim or Kanye were clients of mine, I would set that aside and have an objective look at them.

If you’ve formed an opinion about Bowe Bergdahl, I ask you to set it aside for now.

THE MAN: Bowe was born March 28, 1986, time unknown, Sun Valley Idaho. Even without a time of birth, an interesting pattern stands out in his chart: Jupiter in Pisces, trine Pluto in Scorpio, square Saturn in Sagittarius, and sextile Mars and Neptune in Capricorn. Jupiter represents one’s philosophy of life. Bowe’s Jupiter is sextile Neptune and trine Pluto, so we can tell that whatever it is he believes, he’s going to believe it strongly. Jupiter square Saturn, however, will tend to complicate things: achieving his philosophical life goals might be difficult, or might involve “going against the grain.” Although we don’t know his time of birth, there is a good chance that Bowe’s Moon is conjunct Pluto, which would only strengthen the pattern in his chart.

Sun square Neptune indicates that the father figure in his life might be a bit unusual. In fact, his parents lived “off the grid” on a 40 acre farm, where Bowe and his sister were home-schooled for six hours a day, with a heavy emphasis on ethics and morality. When other kids were all playing video games, Bowe and his dad were discussing Thomas Aquinas.

Bowe had an appetite for adventure, as one might expect from Mars conjunct Neptune and Mars sextile Pluto. He tried and failed at the age of 20 to join the French Foreign Legion. He eventually enlisted in the US Army, and was assigned to Afghanistan.

And then, thanks to Saturn, things started to fall apart. After that, Neptune just made things weirder.

THE BREAKDOWN: In 2008 and 2009, as Bowe experienced his Saturn Square and transiting Saturn opposite his Jupiter, his worldview started to take a beating. His unit began experiencing serious lapses in morale. He saw an Afghan child being run over by an American truck. His last e-mail home said, in part, “I am sorry for everything here. These people need help, yet what they get is the most conceited country in the world telling them that they are nothing and that they are stupid, that they have no idea how to live. We don’t even care when we hear each other talk about running their children down in the dirt streets with our armored trucks.”

He made comments to more than one member of his unit about wanting to simply wander off. And then on June 30, 2009, as the transiting Sun was trine his Jupiter, trine his Pluto, and quincunx his Saturn… that’s exactly what he did.

Within 24 hours he had been captured by the Taliban.

THE AFTERMATH: American officials disagreed on how to handle this matter for years. There were opportunities almost immediately to arrange his release in a prisoner exchange, but nothing came of it for five years. Various officials disagreed about how to handle the situation, and the only thing the American government appeared to agree with was keeping the story as quiet as possible. Bowe may have willingly wondered off of his own accord, but he was not a willing prisoner of the Taliban, having escaped at least once only to be recaptured.

So, is Bowe Bergdahl a conscientious objector? Perhaps. But he should have known that there were ways for him to express that without simply vanishing, which resulted in the eventual deaths of six other US soldiers searching for him… although that’s being questioned now too. Is he a traitor? He had apparently said many negative things about the United States, but he certainly wasn’t a willing prisoner of the Taliban, and didn’t intend to join them. Was it right for the United States to trade in five high profile Guantánamo prisoners for Bowe? That’s hard to say. On the one hand, the United States has an official policy of “leave no man behind,” and there was never an official finding of desertion or wrongdoing on Bowe’s part… if that would have made a difference to whether or not he should be “left behind.” On the other hand, the five prisoners the US gave up were, allegedly, “high-value” prisoners who were responsible for possibly thousands of deaths. And I say “allegedly” because it’s not as if any of those prisoners have ever received a proper trial.

So where does this leave us? Is Bergdahl a traitor, a conscientious objector, a pawn, a mentally ill young man, a victim of PTSD, a guy who made a mistake whose situation rapidly spun out of control, a symbol of everything that’s wrong with the war in Afghanistan, someone who overestimated his ability to make it on his own in the hinterlands of Afghanistan, or a fall guy?

Honestly: the more I look into the matter, the further I am from any one opinion on the subject, and the more I am convinced that anyone who does have a firm opinion on the matter is probably missing the point… whatever the heck that point is even supposed to be. His case has become a Rorshach Test for those who have an opinion about the war in Afghanistan, and some commentators who once said that America wasn’t doing enough to get him back now say America should have done nothing at all.

Saturn has done plenty to Bowe Bergdahl… and now it’s Neptune’s turn.

To me, the story of Bowe Bergdahl is now turning into a classic Neptune transit. And as Neptune prepares to station and go retrograde on top of Bowe’s Jupiter, and will spend the next two years activating his Mars/Jupiter/Saturn/Neptune/Pluto complex, I have genuine doubts that this story will ever make any kind of complete sense that a majority of people can agree upon, and I very much doubt that Bowe will be able to make a lot of sense of it either. Many of you there will have already formed a very strong opinion about the Bowe Bergdahl situation, and about the man himself. To some he’s a victim, and others he is a villain. Personally, the more I look into this matter, the less I am actually sure what to believe.

So now… Bowe and all of us will have the next two years to see Neptune work its weird magic. 

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