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The Astrology Of Gwyneth Paltrow And Chris Martin: What Worked?

posted by Matthew Currie

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(This is a part of the Astrology Of Love And Compatibility series. Part One, “The Cardinal Grand Cross Uncouples Gwyneth And Chris,” is HERE.)

We’ve all seen it before: a friend of yours meet someone new, and you check in three weeks later and everything is absolutely wonderful. Your friend can’t say enough good things about so-and-so, and can’t help but smile thinking about so-and-so, and even when your friend knows he/she’s on the verge of becoming obnoxious about it, he/she just can’t stop anyway. Six months or a year later, your friend and their new love have faced a few challenges, but gotten through them, and everyone is still happy. Maybe the relationship continues. Maybe they get married or move in together, and so far as you can tell everything is still good. But then cracks appear in the situation, and one thing leads to another, and sure enough eventually the relationship is broken.

How does this happen? In theory, your friend and his or her mate are still the same people. Sure, we all evolve and change over time, but how does it happen that sometimes even the same things that put the two people together in the first place are the cause of the relationship’s demise?

In astrology, the primary tool we use for determining compatibility is called “synastry.” There are certain factors an astrologer looks for as to how compatible two people will be. Like any other relationship that lasts for a while before it falls apart, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin give us some excellent examples of how both ends of that process of pairing off and breaking up happen.

On a basic friendship level, the two look pretty good on paper. Sun in Libra and Sun in Pisces are both generally sensitive and caring, but of course we have to look a lot deeper than just the Sun Signs. Chris’s Sun is square Gwyneth’s Moon within a degree. Any contact between the Sun and Moon in two people’s charts can make for attraction and/or friendship, but the square is notoriously difficult to work with. Gwyneth’s son in Libra is sextile Chris’s moon in Leo, and that is a pleasant aspect… any contact between one person’s Sun nd another’s Moon is a  major connection. Often, however, in the long run the sharpness of the square aspect can overwhelm the softness of a sextile.

It’s a cliché to say that communication is important in a relationship, and for communication we look to Mercury. Chris’s Mercury is square Gwyneth’s Neptune, and that probably caused Chris an awful lot of confusion, even if Gwyneth didn’t mean to be puzzling. There were probably times when Chris looked at his wife with that classic “I just don’t get it with you” look… and Gwyneth probably returned that look.

Chris’s Venus is opposite Gwyneth’s Uranus, which can certainly lend excitement to a relationship, but can also cause a feeling of uncertainty or agitation on the part of the Venus person. Oppositions are noteworthy in that they naturally speak to a relationship dynamic — they demand compromise, but can also understand the need for it — and yet are fragile when it comes to some transits. The Uranus-Pluto Square has been grinding on that opposition between their two charts for a couple of years now. Ultimately, the fact that Gwyneth and Chris were well wired to be friends and had such nice things in their chart (like an almost exact Venus trine) ended up doing relatively little good in light of the transits. Regardless of how you feel about someone, it can be easy to get swept up in events, which is what transiting squares do best.

So in October 2002, as transiting Jupiter was conjunct Gwyneth’s natal Venus and trine Chris’s Neptune… ruler of his 7th House of relationships, the two met backstage after a Coldplay concert. A year later, biology took the wheel and Gwyneth was pregnant. And now, they are “consciously uncoupling.”

Here’s hoping Gwyneth can recover from such a devastating… whoops!

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The Non-Panicked Guide To The Cardinal Grand Cross (Introduction)

posted by Matthew Currie

beliefnet astrology matthew currie cardinal crossMany of you who are fans of either this blog or astrology in general will by now be familiar with the Cardinal Grand Cross. It is a particularly nasty-looking planetary pileup, in which Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto will all be butting heads. There is a fair amount of panic in some circles going on over this, however in practice, that panic is not terribly useful or helpful.

Part of the problem with predicting the future with astrology is the same as predicting it with any other technique: when does an event actually start and end, and what’s an event anyway? Let’s say that next Tuesday at 11:35 AM your foot gets run over while you’re crossing the street. Although that’s an isolated incident in time and space, when did it really start? Did it start when you crossed the street? Did it start when the driver decided to answer the cell phone rather than concentrate on traffic? Maybe it started last night when you were at the grocery store and forgot to get flour for your recipe, thus necessitating the walk to the store in the first place. Can we trace it back to the day that driver started fighting with her boyfriend, thus causing the cell phone conversation which got your foot mashed? If so, why can’t we trace it back to the day she decided to go out with that jerk in the first place?

With astrology we can see larger patterns forming, and then look at smaller and more specific time periods when the transits of the faster planets will tend to set off specific events. If next April 22 your spouse turns to you and says “I want a divorce,” it’s not likely to be a spur of the moment decision prompted by Mars joining the exact degree of the Cardinal Grand Cross… it’s probably something that has been building for a while, and at least in theory it should be possible to see something like that coming.

Then again, try as we might, sometimes there are just days when life decides to run over your foot.

If you are naturally inclined towards panic, I admit that the month of April will give you plenty of opportunity for that. Not only is the Grand Cross coming but there is also a pair of eclipses… and let’s be honest here: people have been panicking over eclipses ever since the first of our primitive ancestors looked up, saw the sky going dark at mid-day, and started yelling about “a dragon eating the sun.”

Astrologically speaking, an eclipse in and of itself is not much to panic over, but it does set up the circumstances for things to go awry when other transits occur. And with the Cardinal Grand Cross happening, there’s plenty of “circumstances” to go around.

Between now and April 22 I will be covering the effects of the Cardinal Grand Cross and the two eclipses as it relates to various age groups. I find that approach is a lot more accurate and useful then simply saying “if you’re an Aries, prepare for challenges” or whatever. After all, every Aries is an individual with their own birth chart, so the circumstances will vary. However, for example, we know that if you were born between September 1976 in December 1978, this Grand Cross is going to be very significant, because it is affecting your natal Pluto. Just ask Chris Martin if you don’t believe me.

So, stay tuned folks. Things may get rough for you, but you’ve probably been through worse at one point or another in your life. And if things have already been rough for a while with you, we’ll do our best to figure out what you can expect from the grand cross, and what you can do about it. For now though, check out what I’ve written before about three of the four components of the Grand Cross: The Uranus-Pluto Square and Mars in LibraCheck in with me about this over the course of the next month or so, okay?

Now, let’s all calm down and relax with a gentle tune, shall we?

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The Cardinal Grand Cross Uncouples Gwyneth And Chris

posted by Matthew Currie

gyneth paltrow chris martin astrology matthew currie beliefnet“I asked my dad once, ‘How did you and mom stay married for 33 years?’ And he said, ‘Well, we never wanted to get divorced at the same time’. And I think that’s what happens. … When two people throw in the towel at the same time, then you break up, but if one person’s saying, ‘come on, we can do this,’ you carry on.”

-Gwyneth Paltrow

The approaching Cardinal Grand Cross has claimed a celebrity victim: the marriage of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin.

Before we get started on that though, a bit of a personal note: As a good and decent human being, I am filled with nothing but love and light for all of humanity. But I’ve got to confess: Gwyneth Paltrow really annoys me. She annoys a lot of you out there too. She is in many ways a prime example of one of those people who was born on third base and thinks that they invented baseball. That, and I admit Coldplay can be kind of whiny themselves too sometimes.

Now that I’ve had a look at the transits leading to her break up — oh, sorry, “conscious uncoupling,” because Gwyneth Paltrow is just like you and me (except she’s better, healthier, richer, skinnier, and more sophisticated than you and I are — but as a Libra, she’s soooo sweet about it)  with Chris Martin, I am feeling more empathy. See? Astrology: it can lead to personal growth.

We are fortunate to have confirmed times of birth for both parties. So above and beyond the usual synastry (which is what we call the comparison of two needle charts to each other for compatibility) we can also look at the composite chart, which is (essentially) a third chart that is produced when we add the positions of the various planets in two charts together and then divide them by two. When I have taught astrology, I have often loudly warned my students to never give the composite chart precedence over the synastry. Nonetheless, the composite chart does tell a story, and in the case of Paltrow and Martin, it is particularly instructive.

Looking at Gwyneth’s chart (September 27 1972, 5:25 PM, Los Angeles California), the astrological cause of the breakup is pretty blatant. The Cardinal Grand Cross is affecting the cardinal signs and will peaking at around 13°. Gwyneth has Virgo on her seventh house cusp, which rules committed relationships. Virgo is ruled by Mercury. Her Mercury is in her seventh house at 11° Libra… Pluto is currently square that point, as is Jupiter, and Uranus is opposite it, all within 2° or less of exact. When Mars in Libra hits 13° next month, we can probably expect some flare-ups in this otherwise peaceful separation. That, and transiting Saturn square natal Venus is a classic for bad times in one’s love life.  Reading astrological transits can be difficult, but this one is a relative no-brainer.

Astrologically, the situation with Chris is a little less obvious, but still pretty clear. Born March 2, 1977, 5:52 PM, Exeter UK, he is currently undergoing his Pluto Square, where Pluto is at a 90° angle to where it was when he was born. Regardless of the details of your chart, the Pluto Square is a difficult time. It represents a challenge to your most deeply held values and beliefs… And most of us don’t have to go through our Pluto Square when there is a Cardinal Grand Cross piling up on top of it.

(A special note to those of you born September 1976-December 1978: you’re having your Pluto Square too. Pay attention, and brace yourself for impact in the next couple of months.)
Complicating matters for Chris during this time is the fact that there is a lunar eclipse happening next month, and it is happening right on top of his North Node/South Node axis. Perhaps more than any other placement in the birth chart, the nodes can be thought of as “ambassadors of karma,” in the “past life/what you’re supposed to do this life” sense. Regardless of how well or how poorly Chris may be taking the break up now, I expect next month will be more difficult for him then this month is. That, and break-ups are never fun, but when you’re a sensitive lil’ Pisces like he is, they’re arguably worse.

The composite chart of these two, and the transits to it, are particularly instructive. Again, my warning that composite charts must never take precedence over how the two people’s charts in a relationship actually relate to each other. But the composite can tell us a lot about the nature of a relationship and the connection between two people. The composite here is noteworthy for a square between Moon in Cancer and Pluto in Libra, with Pluto being in the 11th house of friendship, and the Moon being in the 8th house of sexual relationships. All of these placements are being agitated by the Cardinal Grand Cross, and just to complicate matters, that composite Moon is strong in the Sign it rules, conjunct a Saturn that is weakened by that Sign placement. Saturn brings structure and order, and gives the ability to survive difficulties, but in a sense (in this case) the Moon’s moods are always going to be stronger then that sense of structure. Regardless of the fact that there are numerous things in this synastry between Chris and Gwyneth that recommends the relationship, I can’t help but think that the composite chart casts a shadow of doom over the whole thing.

Besides, who’d want to be married forever to someone who says stuff like “I would rather die than let my kid eat Cup-a-Soup” or sells $10 porcelain fortune cookies on her web site because only a peasant would serve REAL fortune cookies?

Sorry folks: I ran out of “love and light” just before the 1000-word mark. Run, Chris Martin, run!!


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Is Astrology A Science?

posted by Matthew Currie
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“Why can’t we all just get along?”

First of all, if you haven’t read it yet, here is my March Editorial — Why Panic Over Astrology? — in which I discuss the recent American National Science Foundation poll that shows Americans appear to be getting smarter about science… and are also embracing astrology more.

For me as an astrologer, the big question raised by all this remains the one the poll actually asked : “Would you say that astrology is very scientific, sort of scientific, or not at all scientific?” Unfortunately, there wasn’t an option for my answer: “Sure… now ask me how science itself is ‘sort of scientific.’”


Stephen Jay Gould, who wrote books like The Panda’s Thumb and Wonderful Life (which will blow your mind in exactly the way science books ought to) was a proponent of the idea of “non-overlapping magesteria”: essentially, the idea that science has a realm in which it is the legitimate way to address questions, and that religion/spirituality has its own realm, and never the twain shall meet. Or as Gould put it: “the magisterium of science covers the empirical realm: what the Universe is made of (fact) and why does it work in this way (theory). The magisterium of religion extends over questions of ultimate meaning and moral value. These two magisteria do not overlap, nor do they encompass all inquiry (consider, for example, the magisterium of art and the meaning of beauty).”

There’s lot to be said for this formalized phrasing of “let’s agree to disagree,” and in a perfectly ordered Universe this scheme would prevent a lot of name-calling in Internet discussions and dinner parties alike. The problem is that Science and Spirituality aren’t really two well-fenced nations living side by side and blissfully ignoring each other — they’re more like two different countries with unmarked borders and a heavily bombarded Crimea / Kashmir / Falkland Islands between the two of them. And to many, when something they think doesn’t belong in one territory attempts to claim citizenship there, shots ring out faster than you can say “Richard Dawkins.”

We all know which magisterium is equipped to answer questions like “does two plus two equal four?” or “what will happen when I let go of this brick I’m holding?” or “is Faith alone without Works enough to get into Heaven?” or “will it balance my Karma if I kick this dog now but adopt one from the shelter later?”

If you are a fan of the Scientific Magisterium, it’s easy to ignore that (despite billions of dollars every year in research) anti-depressants are often depressingly (ha!) little more effective than a placebo (despite psychology being “a science”)… and it’s all too easy to pick apart the many studies done by the much more poorly funded branch of psychology called “parapsychology” that precognition can, in fact, beat “random guessing.” On the other hand, if you traditionally root for Team Spiritual, it’s pretty easy to ignore that the objective evidence for life after death in any form is pretty slim, for example.

Me? I personally love to point out that “Economics” is considered a science… and yet the average Capuchin Monkey’s successful stock choices tend to match or beat those of the experts over time. And don’t get me started bout “nutritional science.” Oat bran and margarine… saving your life or making you fat? Discuss.

When someone tells you something is “scientific” or not, often it’s an “appeal to authority” rather than an answer to what is often the real, unspoken question: “does it work?”

So… re you asking me if I think astrology is scientific? Well, it follows rules, it gets results, and it keeps on working despite all the objections. Want to call it science? Let’s do some research and establish that with greater clarity… and as long-time readers of my blog already know, there are those with a vested interest in making sure things like astrology never get that kind of attention. Yes, I’m looking at you, Michael Shermer. and yes, I’m looking at you, James Randi Educational Foundation and your shoddy debunking.

So call me loony if that makes you feel better about yourself. I haven’t got all day to argue it with you. I’ve got clients who I’m busy giving real help and guidance. Get back to me when JREF responds to my Ten Dollar Challenge.


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